looks great! my snail vines are still recovering from the frost damage from winter. i had to cut a lot of damage off, but i am sure by mid summer they will be full like last year. did your's get much frost damage?
Of those who have snail vine can you tell me do they get many bees? I'm looking for something
to put over an arbor with bench but I don't want to share it with too many bees. I'd like to be
able to relax sitting out there, not worrying about getting stung. I was thinking about a climbing
yellow rose until I thought about bees...
Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated.
Thanks and Happy Gardening,
I did a small patio garden for a gal who is allergic to bees - we used snail vine for her flowering plants 'cause they don't them seem to attract them. They're such a cool plant for up close viewing, too. I've never seen ants on mine, but I guess I've never really looked, either. Maybe that's why mine has never fruited in any way?
Hopefully an up-close pic will further whet your appetite... I really like these plants.
I have one of these (that has turned into many...) that I absolutely cannot kill... no matter what! It is lovely (and very invasive), but I love that it comes back after frost or if I cut them waaaay back (which is required from time to time). Never noticed it attracting any bees. I'll bring cuttings to the next swap, they root like crazy!
Hi... last year I just snipped off some end pieces and threw them in a vase of water in the house! Within days, they had roots, within weeks they had lots & lots of roots. I grew it in the house for a while! Easy, peasy!
OK, I indulged! I'm now the proud mother of three small Vigna caracalla vines - which were labeled "Corckscrew." I'm hoping the all-day full sun plus reflected heat won't kill them.
I had beautiful passion vines in that spot last year - which thrived in the heat - but the caterpillars stripped them completely bare and only two of the 7 survived. *sigh* I loved those passies, I loved the butterflies, and I'm not looking forward to ants by the pool but... I am rather excited about my new vines!
Oh, poo! Gosh, it happened so quickly! But then I've neglected it badly and right before that photo, I had to curl up about 6 feet of runners out on my cool deck. I'll spray the heck out of it this weekend and see what happens.
I didn't feel like doing anything while recovering (still recovering) from my fractured collar bone and now my Mom is here with a herniated disc, needs assistance walking, doctor appointments and I finally have her scheduled for surgery on Tueday. Recovery will be here with me for the next 4 weeks. With the heat, and ailment issues between her and me I've been a negligent gardener. :-)
I grew snail vine at our old house. It was lovely, on a west-facing wall. It froze back quite a bit during winter but, instead of cutting it down we just shook off all of the dried up leaves. It grew back on the old growth. Mine set lots of seed and we had little seedlings, not enough to be invasive, but I could move them or give them away easily. One year it did get spider mites but we cut it to the ground. When it grew back I never had that problem again. So, I'm here to say that it can be grown from seed if your plant produces them. I'd just let them germinate in the ground and then move them or give them away, rather than starting them yourself. They look like they might need scarification if you did it yourself. They're pretty hard. We would sometimes have those huge black carpenter bees buzzing around it but I never noticed any other bees being interested in it. It did actually grow into a crack in a wall once and wound up in our guest room, to my surprise.
My snail vine became infested last spring with lots of tiny mite-like, pinhead sized bugs. There was no visible evidence that they were affecting the vine's growth (like a passion vine getting eaten by cats), still, the plant wasn't very happy. I sprayed them with a variety of solutions but enough would survive. Then I bought a little box of ladybugs at Bakers and let them loose. In a day or two there was not a ladybug or mite-thingy to be found. I trust they eloped! :)