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9 fast growing climbing plants

Giving them life is always an excellent decision, especially if it is with easy-to-care plant species, like the ones we recommend in this article.

What are climbing plants?

Before going into the matter, we are going to explain first what are the characteristics of these plants. Well, it is about plants that what they do in nature is to grow on higher ones -usually trees and palm trees- in order to be able to capture as much sunlight as possible.

They do it in several ways:

  • Linking its single stem to its support.
  • With the help of stems or branches that are intertwined with those of other plants.
  • Producing and developing tendrils, which are like very thin stems that are responsible for looking for the path to the climber as it is holding it to the branches that it finds.

When buying one, it is very important to take into account how it is and how it grows, since if for example it does not have tendrils, you will need more help to be able to cover that wall that you like so little or that lattice that you have in the patio.

Selection of fast growing climbing plants

For outdoor

Clematis armandii or Armand’s Clematis

Image – Wikimedia/ Père Igor

It is an evergreen climber native to China that produces many white flowers in spring. It grows between 4 and 6 meters in height, and is perfect for covering bars, lattices, gazebos, or to grow in pots.

It resists down to -9ºC, and requires rather moderate watering, as well as help to climb.

Related article:Armand’s clematis (Clematis armandii)

Passiflora caerulea or passionflower

It is an evergreen climber native to Brazil and Peru that produces aromatic bluish flowers in spring. It grows quickly, so much so that you will only have to attach its branches to the support where you want it to climb, and it alone will do the rest… As soon as you least expect it, you will have a beautiful lattice -for example- covered by leaves and flowers of this plant.

It needs frequent watering and a semi-shadow exposure. It resists freezes down to -5ºC.

Tecomaria capensis or red bignonia

Image – Wikimedia/ Cillas

It is an evergreen shrub (or deciduous if the climate is very cold) native to South Africa that grows to 3-8 meters tall. It blooms from fall to almost early spring, producing scarlet flowers.

It can live both in full sun and in semi-shade, as a climber or as a shrub. It only needs moderate watering, especially in summer, and well-drained soils. Resists up to -8ºC.

Related article:The tecomaria or orange bignonia (Tecoma capensis)

For walls

If you want to cover walls or facades, you will need climbing plants of more or less vigorous growth and of course with great ornamental value, like these:

Bouganvillea or bougainvillea

It is a genus of evergreen climbing shrubs native to South America, with a very vigorous growth that can reach 8 meters. If the climate is mild and warm, it can flourish all year round (except winter).

They need guides for climbing and moderate watering. For the rest, they resist cold and mild frosts down to -4ºC.

Related article:How to care for a bougainvillea

Hedera helix or ivy

It is an evergreen climber native to Europe that develops a woody stem of up to 20 meters. As it has adventitious roots, it does not need support, although it is recommended to put a guide on it at least the first year.

Plant in areas protected from direct sun, and water moderately in spring and summer. It resists frosts down to -6ºC.

Related article:Climbing plants: getting to know Hedera Helix

Lonicera or honeysuckle

They are a genus of deciduous climbing plants native to Europe that reach between 3 and 7 meters in height. It produces very pretty aromatic white flowers in spring.

It must be protected from the sun, with guides to help it climb, and water moderately throughout the growing season. Resists cold and frost down to -8ºC.

Related article:Honeysuckle, tab and care

In pots (or for small gardens)

Although we are very used to seeing the climbing plants grow on the facades, walls, etc., the reality is that there are many that can also be grown in pots. These are smaller plants that are easy to control and are also ideal for small gardens. Here is our selection:

Epipremnum aureum or pothos

It is a tropical climbing plant widely grown in pots inside homes. Its main attraction is its leaves, large and green or variegated, which arise from a stem that becomes somewhat woody with age.

It requires moderate watering, a bright exposure but without direct sun, and having it protected from frost. Resists only up to 10ºC.

Related article:Potus (Epipremnum aureum)

Jasminum polyanthum or Chinese jasmine

It is a beautiful evergreen climber native to China that does not usually exceed 5-6 meters, and can still be kept lower by pruning. It blooms in spring, producing highly aromatic white flowers.

It can be put in sunny exposures, but it will do best in semi-shade. Water moderately, frequently in summer. It resists weak frosts down to -5ºC.

Related article:Chinese jasmine, a climbing plant for small gardens and pots

Climbing rose

Climbing roses are shrubs with hanging branches that are very striking due to the amount of flowers they produce during a good part of the year, and because of how easy they are to take care of (some minor pruning and frequent watering).

Grow in full sun, in large pots and, if possible, deep. They resist frosts down to -7ºC without problem.

Related article:How are potted climbing roses cared for?

How to take care of them?

Although we have been talking about their basic care, we would not like to end this article without giving you more details on how to keep them healthy. So, if you finally dare to buy some, we recommend that you provide the following care:

  • Location: it will depend on its rusticity. Ideally, they should be outside, but if there are frosts down to -10ºC in your area and the plant you want is tropical, you should keep it inside during winter.
  • Irrigation: again, it will depend on the species. But in general, it has to be watered about 3-4 times a week in summer, and about 2 times a week the rest of the year.
  • Land:
    • Pot – A good standard mix is ​​this: Mulch (sold here ) with 30% perlite (sold here ).
    • Garden: it will depend on the species. But the land must be fertile, well drained.
  • Subscriber: from spring to late summer, with ecological fertilizers.
  • Pruning: after flowering. Remove dry, diseased, weak or broken branches, and trim those that are getting too long.
  • Pests and diseases: the most common are mealybugs, spider mites, or aphids. In the links you have more information about each of them.

Which of these fast-growing climbing plants did you like the most?

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