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Training Vines

Vines tend to be fast growers, climbing ever upward in their quest to reach the sun. This can be a perk with taller structures like arbors. But on fences or trellises, vines can end up looking sparse at the base.

Training your vines from day one can help fix this problem. For twining vines, weave the new shoots sideways through the sections of the fence or trellis, and keep doing this as the vines grow. Once the vine reaches the top of the fence or trellis, start weaving the stems downward.

For clinging vines that attach themselves to supports, you can pinch the tips of the new shoots to encourage the vine to branch out and get fuller.

Spend a little time training your vines, and you'll end up with good coverage on your trellis or fence.

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