Re: Climbing Hydrangea that won't Climb
Thanks for your responses. I looked at it again today and as strange as it sounds am pretty certain that there is something about the stucco that makes the vine unable to stick to it, even though I’ve seen many examples to the contrary. The chimney actually gets a little more sun than the clapboard, so that doesn’t seem to be an issue. And this particular vine is not a slow grower. The plant was pretty big when I bought it and grew vigorously last year – faster than I expected. I looked to see if any stucco was flaking and it does not look like it. What I did realize is that where the vines are near stucco there are no rootlets. Where the vines are near the wood they act normally, put out tons of aerial rootlets, and cling like crazy but wherever they come in contact with stucco there are zero rootlets. Its not a situation where it starts to attach and then falls off, or clings weakly. It has no rootlets and no way to adhere, but only near the stucco. My only guess is there is some ingredient the mason used that is leaching out and affecting the rootlets. I think I will experiment with a different kind of vine just to see if it behaves any differently.