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How to Train a Vine

Watch more Gardening Tips videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Train a vine to grow over a trellis, arbor, or arch to create the perfect look in your garden. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Find a strong shoot Look for the longest and strongest shoot from your vine plant. Pick one that is above the graft, the point where two vine shoots intersect. Tip Choose slow-growing vines, like sweet pea and roses, for small trellises and arbors, and fast-growing vines, like honeysuckle or wisteria, for tall trellises. Step 2: Move vines near structure If your vines are not planted near your trellis, arbor, or arch, dig them up and replant at the foot of the structure, or move your structure near the vines. Step 3: Secure a wooden stake Secure a wooden stake in the ground next to the vine shoot, and between the shoot and the trellis. Use a wooden stake that is about three-quarters the length of the vine shoot. When inserted into the ground, the stake should be about half the vine shoot's length. Step 4: Secure the vine To secure the vine, starting from the base of your structure, wrap sections of the vine to the wooden stake in an upward climb, using floral wire. Step 5: Wrap the vine Take the remaining section of the vine and wrap it with a piece of wire. Step 6: Secure the wire Take the wired section of the vine and wrap it around your trellis. Step 7: Remove the wire Once the vine starts to attach itself firmly to the structure, remove the floral wire. Typically, the wire will remain with the vine for two to four years. To help shape it around the structure, prune the vine every year in early spring, just before it begins to flower. Did You Know? Cucumber plants trained over an arbor or a trellis often produce nicer-looking vegetables.
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