How to Plant Climbers
Use this step-by-step guide to learn how to grow eye-catching climbing plants in your garden.
- climbing plants
- wire supports or trellis panels
- organic compost or manure
- bamboo canes
- watering can or garden hose
- organic mulch or bark chips
Step 1: Fix Wire Supports
Fix wire supports or trellis panels before you plant your climber against a wall or fence. Then dig up and enrich the soil with organic matter, such as well-rotted compost or manure. Avoid planting your climber too close to the wall or fence because the soil there is likely to be very dry.
Step 2: Dig a Hole
Dig a hole about 18 inches from a fence (or a little closer to a post), making it twice as wide and slightly deeper than the plant pot. Place the pot in the hole to check the planting depth.
Step 3: Place Bamboo Canes
Arrange canes in a fan shape. Attach the canes to the horizontal wires on the fence to provide a temporary support for the climber until it reaches the wires.
Step 4: Place Plant in the Hole
Water the plant; then remove it from its pot. Place it in the hole, and lean it toward the fence; ensure the root ball is not above the soil surface. Add fertilizer to the excavated soil.
Step 5: Fill In With Soil
Fill in around the roots with soil, firming it down with your fingers. Make a saucer-shaped depression with the surrounding soil around the base of the climber to create a water reservoir.
Step 6: Tie the Stems to the Canes
Tie the stems loosely to the canes with twine. Water the plant — the reservoir will guide moisture to the roots. Apply a mulch of organic matter or bark chips, leaving a space around the stems.