How to Plant a Vine

Overview

A vine plant can grow over a fence, providing a natural privacy screen. Vines perform well in hanging baskets, in garden beds and against a house or backyard shed. Gardeners can choose many types of vine plants that provide fragrant flowers or lush foliage, as well as edible vines (like grape or kiwi). Plant your vine in the early spring when frost danger passes for your area so it can get established over the long growing season.

Step 1

Choose a good planting location for you vine, depending on whether the plant grows better in sun or shade. Consider how you will support the vine. If you plan to plant in front of a fence, the fence provides a natural trellis for the vine. If there is no natural trellis, you need to provide one.

Step 2

Install the trellis before planting the vine, if you don't have a natural trellis. Dig two small holes at least 4 inches deep then plant the trellis feet into the holes and cover them over with soil. Lean the trellis against your house for added support.

Step 3

Dig a hole for your vine plant that's twice the size of the plant's root ball. Remove rocks and weeds from the hole.

Step 4

Remove the vine plant from its container. Massage the root ball between your fingers to break apart any tangled roots before planting. Continue to work the root ball between your hands until all the roots are loose. Trim the tips of any broken or damaged roots with scissors.

Step 5

Place the vine plant in the prepared hole and spread the roots out against the soil. Fill in the hole with soil to plant your vine.

Step 6

Water the newly planted vine until the soil becomes saturated and compresses around the base of the plant.

Step 7

Wind vine tendrils around the trellis to begin training the plant. Vine tendrils take a while to cling naturally to the trellis, so tie them to the trellis with string or continue to manually wind them onto the trellis daily until they take on their own.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Trellis (optional)
  • Scissors
  • String

References

  • University of Florida: Flowering Vines for Florida
Keywords: vine plant, planting vines, growing vines

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Based in Northern California, Elton Dunn is a freelance writer and nonprofit consultant with 14 years' experience. Dunn specializes in travel, food, business, gardening, education and the legal fields. His work has appeared in various print and online publications. Dunn holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English.