How to Grow Vines on a Trellis


Adding vines to your trellis creates a lush and vibrant wall to your outdoor landscape. Each season, plant a new vine so you have something green growing on your structure all year round. During the summer months, use the trellis to grow vegetable vines like tomatoes and cucumbers. In the fall, plant a grapevine with their edible and sweet fruits. As winter approaches, plant the flowering jasmine vine, which will produce beautiful yellow blooms all winter long.

Step 1

Choose the site where the trellis will stand and make sure it receives adequate sunlight for your vines to grow and flourish. Research the amount of light and moisture the vines require to ensure the trellis is situated in the correct area.

Step 2

Clear all rocks, weeds and debris from the planting site. Rake down the soil to ensure the space is level and smooth. Use a carpenter's level to ensure it's completely level.

Step 3

Feed the soil where the vines will grow from with compost. Nutrient-laden and essential to hardy plant propagation, compost will nourish the vines and help them to grow strong.

Step 4

Add a 2-inch layer of compost on top of the smooth soil surface. Turn over the soil to mix in the compost using a shovel.

Step 5

Dig a hole for each vine in the ground. Gently pull back the roots of the plant before sinking into the soil. This will help the plant to absorb nutrients from the compost.

Step 6

Fill the hole with remaining dirt and press firmly down around the base of the plant. Take the vine and attach them up along the trellis every one to two feet.

Step 7

Use garden wire and wrap around the vine and trellis so the vine is securely attached to the trellis. Twist the wire at the ends. Make sure the garden wire is not tightly wrapped, so as to not damage the vine. Rule of thumb is that a pencil should be able to fit in between the wire and plant vine.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always wear gardening gloves when using wire to protect your hands.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Carpenter's level
  • Compost
  • Shovel
  • Vines
  • Garden wire


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  • University of Minnesota Extension
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About this Author

Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.