For the second year in a row, I'm having a problem with flies all over the snail vine plant that grows on my trellis and front gate. It's an especially big problem because it's right outside my front door and the flies get in the house and annoy my upstairs neighbor. Last year I got some ladybugs to eat the aphids that seemed to attract the flies, but even after the aphids were gone, the flies remained. I tried hosing down with plain water and it didn't help. I don't want to use an insecticide because I don't want to kill the other insects that aren't causing the problem, and also because 'possums, raccoons, cats, skunks, etc. climb over the vine-covered gate and birds land on it, and I don't want to make them sick. Any suggestions for a natural spray that won't hurt anybody but will clean off whatever is attracting the flies?
Flies are normally attracted to the honeydew left behind from pests, like aphids. I would treat the vine with neem oil, as this is effective against most pests (especially aphids) but is perfectly safe for beneficial insects, animals and birds (as well as you). Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/pests/neem-oil-uses.htm
I am a gardener. I was searching for something colorful, bright and very different to add to my garden, and I love making hanging baskets with an overflow of color. I came across your website and would like to know where I can purchase Snail Vine seeds.
I don't know if you have any specialty seed providers in Ontario, but the best thing to do is to enter the question into your computer browser, which will give you several possible sources. You might also want to contact local garden clubs, plant hobbyists, and master gardener association. You should be able to get more information about all these groups by calling the nearest botanical garden for advice.
I live in Palm Springs, CA and planted Snail Vine in large containers last June. It thrived through the summer and fall. However, during the winter it has lost some leaves and some of the remaining leaves have become slightly yellow. Should I trim it back in the hopes it will thrive once again? It is spring here in the low desert and many plants in my yard are perking up, but not the Snail Vine. Please help!
I think you are right in cutting it back to invigorate your vines. Snail vine is quite a vigorous grower, so it should fill in quickly.
I also would recommend fertilizing, a fish emulsion solution-half strength is my go to fertilizer.
I recommend once a week, until the vine has taken off. Then I would cut back.
Here is a link about you Snail Vine.
I've planted two snail vines and something is eating it down to the twigs overnight. Whatever it is, is waiting three weeks before it eats it. Can you tell me what would do?
I think it is likely animals that are eating your plants.
Here is a link with some suggestions.
How do I create acidic soil for this plant?
These articles provide methods for lowering the pH of (acidifying) garden soil:
How do I treat my snail vine planted in a pot? What is the best soil? How do I prevent insects and tiny tiny pebble like snails eating my vine?
Here are some links to help you with Snail and pest control.
Where can I get seedlings for snail vine?
We cannot recommend specific retailers, but you could try calling local gardening stores to see if they have any. Snail vine is a bit of an unusual plant, so you might have better luck looking for seeds. Snail vine seeds can be ordered from various online retailers.