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KactusKathi
Goodyear, AZ
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2006
8:03 PM

Post #2197413

It's blloming like crazy. I took the whole thing off the trellis last year and cut it back as it was pulling the trellis down and had alot of dead growth on there.

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Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2006
8:04 PM

Post #2197418

Georgeous!

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

April 17, 2006
9:24 PM

Post #2197601

Beautiful! Love the Painting :)
RODICAP
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

April 17, 2006
10:13 PM

Post #2197699

Thanks God for my husband that it trims it or it will eat everything in its path.
It is very happy in our climate.


Good gardening


Rodica
kateintucson
Tucson, AZ

April 18, 2006
12:17 AM

Post #2198014

that is lovely!! hope mine do as well. :)
kazooie
Chandler, AZ
(Zone 9b)

April 18, 2006
2:13 AM

Post #2198350

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?
gemfire55
Mesa, AZ
(Zone 9b)

April 18, 2006
5:31 AM

Post #2199065

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,
Gemfire
magpied
Phoenix, AZ

April 18, 2006
6:21 AM

Post #2199088

I've had snail vines for close to 20 years and have never noticed bees being attracted to them.

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

April 18, 2006
3:04 PM

Post #2199808

No bees
c_semerad
Queen Creek, AZ

April 18, 2006
3:08 PM

Post #2199812

They do attract ants though!
EileenAZ
Tucson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

April 18, 2006
3:37 PM

Post #2199893

Ants?? Anybody know why?
c_semerad
Queen Creek, AZ

April 18, 2006
3:42 PM

Post #2199906

Check out the Plant Files on this site for snail vine. Many mentions of ants, and one mentioned the vine needs ants for pollination.
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 18, 2006
4:41 PM

Post #2200085

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.

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KactusKathi
Goodyear, AZ
(Zone 9a)

April 18, 2006
4:56 PM

Post #2200131

I have never had a problem with ants or bees and this plant has bloomed for 10 years now.
Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

April 18, 2006
4:58 PM

Post #2200142

No bees on mine but I do see ants every now and then. Mine suffeed frost damage but seems to becoming back strong.

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

April 18, 2006
5:49 PM

Post #2200295

Groovy close up PC :)
RODICAP
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

April 19, 2006
2:32 PM

Post #2202447

I have a lot of bees in my yard but I have not seen any of them on my snail vine and no ants either.Maybe the flowers have no nectar.

Good gardening


Rodica

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Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 19, 2006
4:40 PM

Post #2202752

Yeah, I had a lot of beez in my yard too, until yesterday, but that's a whole different story.

Marie, I have them growing on a chain link fence - the ones under a tree survive, but the exposed portions die back every year. But they appear to be very root hardy, no problem.

Thanks Fishie - I was outside having Macro fun the other day!
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

April 27, 2006
1:51 AM

Post #2225395

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!

Brenda
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

April 27, 2006
3:15 PM

Post #2226650

P.S. Within a few weeks this one will be up into the overhang and spreading down the side of the house!

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Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

April 27, 2006
3:23 PM

Post #2226662

Brenda how do you take a cutting from these? I have one and would love to start it in a few different places in my yard
KactusKathi
Goodyear, AZ
(Zone 9a)

April 27, 2006
3:39 PM

Post #2226721

Marie - My information says from hardwood cuttings and even the leaves can be propagated and of course from seeds.
RODICAP
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

April 27, 2006
6:07 PM

Post #2227181

I do not remember seeing any seeds on mine snail vine. Did any of you get any seeds?


Good gardening


Rodica
Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

April 27, 2006
6:08 PM

Post #2227185

No nope seeds on mine that I know of. I have seen the seeds for sale though.
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

April 27, 2006
11:54 PM

Post #2228018

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!
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

April 27, 2006
11:55 PM

Post #2228022

P.S. Don't forget to remove lower leaves that would be under the waterline!

This message was edited Apr 28, 2006 7:39 AM
Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 1, 2006
5:56 PM

Post #2239074

Wow that easy? I am going to snip off a piece of mine when I get home!!
TucsonJen
Tucson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 1, 2006
11:00 PM

Post #2239881

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!
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

May 3, 2006
2:48 PM

Post #2244662

Here's what my snail vine is "up to" these days...

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azrobin
Scottsdale, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 31, 2007
11:17 PM

Post #3923413

Is it just me having this problem? It started dying back all of a sudden. Perhaps the intense heat we've been having? Snail Vines are so heat tolerant, though.

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azrobin
Scottsdale, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 31, 2007
11:18 PM

Post #3923414

Here's a close up...

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Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

August 31, 2007
11:26 PM

Post #3923446

Mine looks like that when they're full of spider mites. I'm ripping out everything that is spider mite food :( Except a couple of brugs that I will continue to baby.
azrobin
Scottsdale, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 31, 2007
11:49 PM

Post #3923532

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. :-)
tucsonjill
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5a)

August 31, 2007
11:54 PM

Post #3923551

Sounds like you're entitled to a little negligent gardening! Good luck with everything, Robin!
momherb
Tucson, AZ

September 1, 2007
12:55 AM

Post #3923713

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.
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

September 3, 2007
7:05 AM

Post #3930757

Yeah, I'm thinking bugs of some sort, too. Hope you and your Mom recover quickly!!!
lindagarden
Gilbert, AZ

September 3, 2007
8:04 AM

Post #3930789

Kathi Beautiful vine and that looks like a mightly sturdy trellis. I don't think the trellis I had in mind in going to do the trick.
sirjonny
Scottsdale, AZ

September 4, 2007
4:33 AM

Post #3934832

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! :)

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