Use the vine to hide unsightly fences structures or landscape features. ... ADDED: NO it won't damage your brickwork - it has never damaged mine and mine is 7 years old now - just be wary of it growing into loft space though! On older properties these twiners and ramblers will cause fewer problems; they need wire or trellis for support and are relatively separate from the building. Also, its roots won't damage the foundations. The best way to grow vines up a home is to grow them not directly on the home itself but on a support set about 6-8 inches out from the home’s siding. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? I'd suggest you monitor it every winter when leaves are gone....look closely at what rootlets are doing to brick and mortar. Does Russian vine damage brickwork? Lack of watering is one of the most common mistakes gardeners make with wisteria. A frame of blossom round your front door may annoy you, but early January visitors will love it. As for specifically harming your brick, I don't think it will cause any harm. If any damage becomes evident; you'll want to remove the trumpetvine. However, certain vines can damage building materials and necessary elements of homes. Russian vine is a TWINING climber, like clematis. To the horror of all the local residents who had coveted the property, the buyers immediately removed its best feature to reveal an unrelenting drab grey exterior. I had no idea! It encourages damp and supports a variety of animal life. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. This can lead to climbing vine damage to shingles and siding. Do you just cut it to the ground ? Although well-built masonry can tolerate the growth of ivy, weakened brick walls with crumbling mortar or loose bricks give ivy roots an opportunity to invade crevices. Moisture can then find its way into the wall and freeze-thaw action or other moisture related events can occur resulting in damage. Native to California, California grape (Vitis californica "Russian River") is a striking vine that thrives in Mediterranean-type climates. Read more articles about Ornamental Vines General Care. Incongruous extensions are enhanced as the brickwork mellows under a facade of greenery. I wouldn't let it grow on the wall. Hedera may thus be translated as "the clinging (plant)". Whether growing by twining tendrils or sticky aerial roots, any vine will take advantage of small cracks or crevices to anchor themselves to the surface they are growing on. Ideally, the vine should be pruned and the roots trimmed the autumn before transplantation in early spring. I have also spoken to the current tenant and even offered to pay for a professional gardener to keep it in check but he refuses to even consider it. Read more about Ornamental Vines General Care. The vine had grown up the chimney and was growing inside the chimney, not a good situation. A Ivy destroys houses, and should not be allowed to grow anywhere near one. And, although it won't increase the value, it will certainly attract attention and may even clinch a sale out of season. The vine does not damage mortar in brick or stone walls or structures. Fallopia baldschuanica, aka Russian vine, aka mile-a-minute, is a devil of a climber. THE MOST spectacular house in my road came up for sale last year. Incongruous extensions are enhanced as the brickwork mellows under a facade of greenery. Cut or tie back any stray tendrils that may be reaching for the home’s siding and, of course, also cut or tie back any that are growing out wildly away from the support. Damage limitation? Personally I'd find something different to disguise the ugly pipes - put up trellising in front or around them and grow something you know wont wreak the wall given half a chance. The genus name Hedera is the Classical Latin word for ivy, which is cognate with Ancient Greek χανδάνω (khandánō) "to get, grasp", both deriving ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *gʰed- "to seize, grasp, take". Runaway vines can also facilitate an invasion of bugs, birds, or even small mammals. Just be sure to monitor the area and keep new growth under control. Newer houses most need the camouflage, and fortunately they cope far better with self-clingers such as ivy, creepers or climbing hydrangeas. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Vines growing on the outside of a structure can also trap moisture, leading to seepage, wood rot, and other problems. However, the problem with homes built before 1930 is that the mortar may not contain Portland cement, which means that it is more likely to erode over time. 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The vine doesn’t care if it grows over your car, or over your swimming pool, but most importantly, it doesn’t care if it grows under your home. Use the vine to hide unsightly fences structures or landscape features. It is good to get vines away from the house structure, for they not only damage the walls but also create an environment for mold and mildew. Plastic drainpipes, stack pipes and tanks will need netting or trellis even for self-clingers. I keep getting conflicting advice as to whether it would cause any damage. I don't think it is capable of actually damaging a tree, but when it spreads widely it looks unsightly. By themselves, vines don’t really damage well built masonry, other than leaving tendrils that can be hard to clean off. It must be one, if not the most accomodating climbing plant in the garden. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. A friend told me to push them in near the parent and they would almost certainly take. A Russian Vine, unlike ivy, does not draw its nourishment from the tree. To answer this question, you need to understand the consequences of leaving or removing plant growth. If you’ve considered having vines growing on siding, continue reading to learn about possible damage vines can do and what you can do to prevent it. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Considerable patience will be needed not to sacrifice the lot. Vines with twining tendrils can be damaging to gutters, roofs and windows, as their small young tendrils will wrap around anything they can; but then as these tendrils age and grow bigger, they can actually distort and warp weak surfaces. Native to California, California grape (Vitis californica "Russian River") is a striking vine that thrives in Mediterranean-type climates. The Ivy did NOT hurt the brick or mortar HOWEVER it leaves hairlike cemented residue that we cannot remove. No it does not. Modern mortar is a bit stronger, but if your brick has any damage a self-climbing vine may not be right for you. Keep them cut back away from any gutters and shingles. Wistaria evokes visions of pastel Regency homes, while the Victorians preferred creepers. Jasmine flowers intermittently in summer and autumn, and planted with the winter variety you'll have colour even in the snow. However, it turns out climbing plants actually protect against excessive humidity by keeping rain off the wall to start with. And if the structure is covered with ivy or vines, you may not notice it. I've seen to many walls where the ivy has done considerable damage. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. ... its roots won't damage the foundations. Uh-oh: Russian vine. Most notorious is the "mile-a-minute" Russian vine, sometimes sold to unsuspecting householders as polygonum baldschuanicum. How to have wall damage cured after removing invasive climbing plants. As expected, it sold in no time. Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips! That ivy covered masonry of old was actually damaging. Often masonry will require repointing, and wooden elements may need repair or consolidation. The well-known house wall damager ivy climbs by growing little roots into the wall joints, russian vine will not do this. Ivy is appreciated as an evergreen climbing plant and especially for its capacity to fully cover any wall or facade, but it can also be trained to cover defined spaces on a facade. Native to California, California grape (Vitis californica "Russian River") is a striking vine that thrives in Mediterranean-type climates. The ivy shoots grow away from sunlight, and tend to climb inside any crack or crevice in the wall, which can then cause structural damage as the shoots grow thick. This moisture can lead to mold, mildew and rot on the home itself. The best way to protect your historic building is to prevent the problem from the start by keeping thriving vines where they belong – in your garden. Later in the year, winter jasmine produces masses of white or yellow flowers. Ivy is ideal for all-year coverage, but don't forget that once it has covered the eyesore it will carry on growing. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. If the pointing on the brickwork is poor, a clothing of climbers that use self-supporting glue in the form of rootlets, is not a sensible choice. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Keep it trimmed away from window frames and the roof eaves. From eye-catching to eyesore in an afternoon. The bricks will be unsightly if the vine is removed and you will need to use a wire brush or a small sander to clean the surface. But make sure the structure is firmly fixed: a heavily covered trellis crashing to the ground is like a dozen tangled fishing nets. You must choose the right plant. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Ivy self-climbs and inserts its roots into any crack or crevasse. So I guess the correct answer is you want to be sure you want it on there because even if you have great brick it will never look nice again once Ivy has grown up on it … But it is useful on isolated buildings and will smother an eyesore with pale green foliage and greenish-white flower sprays. In my outbuilding, it forced its way into cracks and did cause some damage. Jasmine and winter honeysuckle have gorgeous scents. It was also once believed that vines grown on walls could damage them through excessive humidity and it does seem logical that a wall covered in foliage would remain more humid than a wall exposed to the sun. Wistaria takes five to seven years to produce its spectacular flowers. The rootlets that allow it to cling to vertical surfaces may damage the mortar between bricks. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. This growth on brick can potentially damage it by forcing root tendrils into the mortar joints. Even if you are unable to spray the vine roots, cutting them will prevent damage. For more on the benefits of ivy and how to grow it, see our page on Hedera. If the damage is severe, replacement may be warranted. But do climbing plants damage structures? Nothing is quite as picturesque as a house covered in English ivy. Although wisteria is remarkably adaptable, it does best in a fertile, moist soil environment. If you are dealing with vines growing on a brick house, there are some things you should know. The trick is to get the balance right. Another concern about growing vines on siding is that they create moisture between the plant and home. As one horticulturist put it: "You plant it and run for cover!". Whether growing by twining tendrils or sticky aerial roots, any vine will take advantage of small cracks or crevices to anchor themselves to the surface they are growing on. Etymology. For roof terraces and yards plant wistaria, clematis and passion flower in pots. Yes, it does look pretty and it won't damage it fast, but over time it will damage your brick. It will take over the whole garden and possibly the street if unchecked. 0 0. anash. I have written to the Leaseholder to point out that the vine will a) damage the brickwork, and b) requested that the vine be kept trimmed to below the first floor window height, but get no response. The vine also has a spread of 50 feet, and it does not care how large your garden is; it will grow to its allotted 50 feet no matter whose garden it’s in. The best thing to do is to call in an expert such as NEVER PAINT AGAIN who can professionally repair plant-damaged exterior walls, to British standards, and then apply a weatherproof protective external wall coating which will damp proof the house, restore any damage and make the exterior walls maintenance free. You’ll also need to frequently train and trim these vines even though they’re growing on supports. I regularly cut mine back when I see it taking off in a direction not of my choosing and the flowers still keep coming. Vines with sticky aerial roots can damage stucco, paint and already weakened brick or masonry. Most vines grow up surfaces either by sticky aerial roots or twining tendrils. AB, by email. {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}}, Property: Invasion of the climbing plants, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. Excessive vine growth can exacerbate cracks in brick or mortar, or damage a home’s paint job. Virginia creeper and Boston ivy are rampant climbers, responsible for probably the most dramatic transformations. Discover more about the potential risks in this short video guide from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine. A large detached country house may cope with a rampant honeysuckle, but a terraced cottage will be swamped. It can and probably will damage the brick over time. Now we favour building preservation and rip them all down. Ivy has always had a bad press - being self-clinging it digs into mortar and pulls off rendering. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. You can use trellises, lattice, metal grids or mesh, strong wires or even string. Equally, if you have a structure that you want to hide, although deciduous, the Russian Vine will quickly do this. Ivy is a woody stemmed, self-clinging climber that can grow quickly to cover fences, walls and buildings. This can lead to climbing vine damage to shingles and siding. How do you trim a Mile a Minute Vine(Russian Vine or Silver Fleece Vine)? 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