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    Default Russian Vine Or Mile a Minute plant ADVICE

    just a quick question does anyone know about the russian vine other than being an invasive climber does it creep across the ground as well there is one at work covering a perimeter fence but at either side it is tarmac and block paved with just a strip of ground by the fence just enquiring because i was thinking of taking some cuttings and planting it along my fence on the boundary of my plot to screen a mesh fence i have put up

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    EEEEEKK - tread very carefully, it is a Football-Thug-on-a-Saturday-night-after-a-few-beers plant

    For those that don't know it (and I'm sure you all do) - here is the little darling about to eat a fence - looks like his team lost

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    it sends up suckers everywhere .... a passion flower would be slightly better behaved, or honeysuckle

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    The Russian vine also can have a rather distinctive smell after a rain shower. Some people like it. Others say it stinks (invasively) of cats' wee on garlic.
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    My brother had one at a previous house- and as it's main stem was next door, he couldn't get rid of it. (I think his neighbours had planted it to hide his garage/shed). He'd chop it back to the boundary every year and by mid summer it'd be half way across his patio!

    I certainly wouldn't chose to plant one- too much work to keep it controlled!

    I like the idea of a flowering climber- or two- intertwining- so you get continuous flowering...it'll attract bees and pollinating insects to your plot- and help your crops!

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    We have it at the very top of our garden - a steep unaccessible part that is mostly for the wildlife and like a woodland. It gives a beautiful display, we have been watching it turn bright red over the last 2 months. But I would not plant it in a normal sized garden as it is much too invasive!
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    i had one in london to provide a bit of privacy from the street...however it took over the front garden...we had complaints from neighbours and once when i was cutting it back i cut through the phone wire and had to pay 80 to be re-connected.
    NEVER EVER GROW IT. EVER. NEVER.....

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    I think the advice is - walk away from the russian vine! Plant ivy, for the wildlife, or clematis, for the flowers, or honeysuckle, for the bees, virginia creeper for the autumn colour - anything but the russian vine!

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