What is commercial graft root stock? What would it grow into if I let it grow? How do commercial growers start the big flats of plants (Boston ivy)? I bought some with runners rooted into other pots. I can understand watering, but heat and light would seem a bit difficult to provide.
The root stock depends on the plant. Typically, a hardier but inferior (either in fruit or flower) plant of the same species.
With plants like Boston Ivy, they will lay down roots anywhere they touch soil. So commercial growers just need to lay a few pieces of the plant down and they root and grow. They have massive greenhouses with overhead watering to take care of light, heat and water.
How do I train my Boston Ivy to grow up a brick wall? I have tried taping the vines to the wall, but no luck. Any suggestions?
Try setting up a low trellis near the wall. It will climb up the trellis, look for something beyond to climb and should attach after that.
I understand Boston Ivy grows vigorously vertically. I have not been able to determine if it grows everywhere.
It will grow horizontally for a short way in search of new places to climb, can be used as a ground cover, and is considered invasive in some places. It is native to North America. You might have to do some pulling to control it, and don't plant it if it's listed as invasive in your area. Check with the Extension Service if you're not sure. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search/
Please can you guide me step by step how to plant Boston ivy? I have a very strong older brick home with pavers around up to the walls. Do I take some pavers out and plant the ivy?
Boston Ivy will cling to the brick. You would not need to remove any bricks.
The Ivy can actually damage the exterior of a home so please read the links I have listed.
Several years ago I planted 5 Boston ivy plants along a wire fence hoping that they would grow to cover the fence entirely. So far they have not grown anywhere near half the height of the fence and actually tend to mound and creep along the ground and not up the fence. How can I make them do what I want? I've tried to encourage them by training them to climb the fence but they only go as far as I've coaxed them to go and then climb down again.
You may want to have a soil test performed.
This will tell you what you may be lacking in the soil.
Here is a link to refresh you on the care requirements.
I'm just in the preparation stages of building a hobbit home, basically it's a dome shaped dwelling made of similar materials to plastic. It is built and then generally covered with grass. I'm curious if anyone knows if I could cover the structure with ivy like Boston ivy, so I guess the question is will Boston ivy crawl up and over a dome or will it need a trellis or some other thing to accomplish the desired coverage? Any help is much appreciated.
Thin wire can be used to form a trellis for the climbing plants to start on.
We have a heritage church upon which climbs Boston Ivy. It is more prolific on the northern facing wall; however, it has climbed around to the left side, west facing front of the church. Over the years we have had volunteers climbing up ladders in order to trim it back. After having some floor repairs done, we were told that we needed to lower the gardens at the front of the church owing to dampness in that area. We are planning to do this at the end of May,however our dilemma is that a major root of the vine is positioned here. We are unsure of when this vine was planted but our church is celebrating its 175th anniversary of granting of the license this year, in December. We are concerned about damaging this major root as we don't want to kill the vine. Is there any suggestion that you can offer us with this problem?
Transplanting the Ivy can be done at most any time, though spring would be a good time.
You can dig up as much of the roots as possible and move to it's new leveled home into moist soil.
You could also propagate cuttings of Ivy, this could help in the case of possible plant loss in the transplant, keeping the heirloom Ivy safe and ensuring the plant will continue.