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Q.Virginia Creeper

Zone Pittsburgh PA | Anonymous added on August 30, 2018 | Answered

What is the best time to plant Virginia Creeper? I represent a community organization and we are looking to plant between 100 and 200 plants to cover a graffiti besmirched wall. I would like to plant soon, but if it is better to wait until Spring please let me know.

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Answered on August 31, 2018

Although native plants are mostly carefree they do need watering the first year during dry weather. Fall or spring planting is OK. It is vital to water the plants when rain is scant right up until the ground freezes if you plant this fall. It doesn't need much water after leaf drop. Dry winter winds strip moisture from the vines. If it goes into winter already dehydrated, it is more likely to suffer winter kill and winter dieback. Virginia creeper grows and spreads in every direction. How will you handle vines that creep outward instead of upward? It should not be allowed to climb trees. While it isn't as bad for a tree as grapevine, it can adversely affect branches by smothering the leaves and inhibiting tree photosynthesis.

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