Top Questions About Virginia Creeper Plants

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Questions About Virginia Creeper Plants

Asked by
silverhairedgrammy on
July 22, 2012

Q. My virginia creeper appears ill.

My virginia creeper appears to be ill or something. The leaves are turning white and kind of pink and then tan and are falling off. It almost looks like it does in the fall after a frost. It has been extemely warm here.

Answered by
Heather on
July 28, 2012
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It sounds like it may have a fungus. Treat the plant with a fungicide. Just to be on the safe side, you may also want to treat it with a pesticide, as a pest of some kind could be causing these symptoms as well.

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Asked by
gez194gerald on
July 29, 2012

Q. Prune Virginia Creeper

Hi, after planting my Virginia creeper a few months ago, just one of the stems have shot away in height. Should I prune it to help let the small stems to catch up?

Answered by
Heather on
August 7, 2012
Certified Expert
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I would leave it alone for now. It is just the plants way for trying to compensate for the foliage it has lost. The longer stem is reaching out for sunlight and the sunlight it gathers will help provide energy to the rest of the plant and the others will catch up in good time.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 17, 2013

Q. Invasive Vines

I have an established perennial flower bed, but the previous owners planted Virginia creeper in the backyard and it has taken over everything. We have tried cutting it down to nothing, but it doesn’t seem to help at all. Is there a way to permanently remove this vine without destroying my beds?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 17, 2013
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Asked by
Beverly Gaydos on
June 19, 2013

Q. How Do You Get a Virgina Creeper Vine Started?

HOW do you start Virgina Creeper? Do you root the stalk? Do the berries have seeds? Do up you use the little brown pods that resemble wild rice? These look hollow as though only the husk is remaining. Would you germinate or plant a seedling? How do you get this started? PLEASE help. Thanks Much Bev

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
June 19, 2013
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Propagating a Virginia Creeper is very easy; simply allowing a cane to lay on the ground in soft soil will allow it to root at every node. If you want it to root faster, bury part of the cane. When there is a good sized root ball under the vine- it doesn’t take long, maybe a month- you can cut the cane from the mother plant, dig up the roots and transplant it. If you don’t have time to wait for a cane to root on the spot, you can cut a section of the cane that is soft wood or semi-hardwood (still green and flexible, not with bark that has turned brown and is stiff) and bury several of the nodes under soil in a pot or where you want the plant to grow. Keep it moist. More than half of cuttings taken this way root quickly. It also drops seeds and starts young plants under itself that are easily dug up; look around the base of a mature plant and you’re apt to find a couple. And then stand back- this plant spreads fast!

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 23, 2014

Q. Virginia Creeper

I want to get rid of Virginia creeper. A sales person at Home Depot told me what it is. I have 3 planters on my deck. It is only growing in one. They look like Terra Cotta but are a hard plastic. I don’t understand how this grew here. I had petunias and marigolds in there last summer. I would like to get rid of it using something natural or if I have to, some chemical. One of the sites told me what to use but I have no idea where to get it or buy it or what it does exactly.

Answered by
Nikki on
November 30, -0001
Certified Expert
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This article will help with getting rid of Virginia creeper: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/virginia-creeper/virginia-creeper-control.htm

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Asked by
P.barker on
June 10, 2014

Q. Virginia Creeper

We have a usually vigorous Virginia Creeper over garage walls. Lately some of the leaves are turning white underneath and falling off. There does not appear to be any insects on the leaves. What is the cause and what can we do to stop this occurring? Thank you.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
June 11, 2014
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About the only pest commonly found on Virginia creeper are a couple varieties of leaf hoppers. These cover their eggs with a white substance, which may be what you are seeing, and their feeding can also damage and cause the leaves to fall off. Some information on leaf hoppers: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/leafhopper-control.htm
For positive identification, take leaf samples to the Extension Service. This link will help you locate the nearest one: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search/

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Asked by
remod on
September 11, 2014

Q. Virginia Creeper has stopped growing

I planted a Virginia creeper late spring and it was initially growing 1 inch per day for the first month or so. For the last 1 to 1.5 months, it has stopped growing. I’m concerned that because it is in a fairly small planter box on my deck to grow up my privacy fence, that there simply isn’t enough soil/nutrients to support the root system. Should I be re-planting the creeper into the ground below so that there is ample soil? The other concern is that I want to make sure the roots have time to recover before the snow comes. Ideas?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
September 12, 2014
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I've read some reports of Canadians growing virginia creeper, both in the ground and in containers. If you want to keep it containerized (some people advise this to keep it under control,) using something larger such as a half barrel would give you all the size you need. Or you could put it into the ground; a mulch cover of several inches should ensure the roots survive the winter. This article has some more advice: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/virginia-creeper/virginia-creeper-maintenance.htm

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