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    Default Planting suggestions for covering chain-link privacy fence?

    The beeyard I'd arranged unexpectedly fell through and I'm down to Plan C, which means putting hives at my parents' place. The spot we've settled on has vinyl privacy fence on two sides and 6' tall chain-link fence on the remaining two sides. One side of the chain link backs up to an alley, and would definitely need to covered to prevent panic/vandalism, etc.

    My original thought was to transplant some hops against the chain link as a privacy screen. Then it occurred to me that I should look into something beneficial for the bees. Any ideas for a fast growing, climbing plant that's drought-resistant and hardy in zone 7? Wisteria is probably a no-go.

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    Default Re: Planting suggestions for covering chain-link privacy fence?

    You might want to goto the local nursery if you have one there and ask them which plants meet your criteria.
    Some online catalogs have them available to fit your location. And put some key words to do an online search might
    reveal something for you.

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    Default Re: Planting suggestions for covering chain-link privacy fence?

    sweet autumn clematis maybe
    wikipedia lists http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clematis_terniflora as a minor source of nectar
    and lovell's honey plants lists http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clematis_virginiana as a good but inconsistent nectar source

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    silver fleece vine you can't kill it and bees won't stay off it.
    "Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay".....Krishnamurti

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    Default Re: Planting suggestions for covering chain-link privacy fence?

    Poison Ivy might keep out the neighborhood kids

    deknow
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    Default Re: Planting suggestions for covering chain-link privacy fence?

    Now that you mention ivy, I am thinking the regular fence ivy with big cluster of light yellowish flowers for pollen and nectar.
    Hope you can see the pic:
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    Most (if not all) passafloras have incredibly low germination rates. I have germination mats (like heating pads), really nice professional grade lighting, and the equipment to create most any artificial environment i desire depending on what im growing. Thats not to brag, but to add signifigance when i say ive never had success germinating in passaflora.

    I humbly recomend a cutting, preferably rooted (havent seen it sold unrooted, actually) they all grow great once established. Incarnata's fruits do not taste good, imo. Eudilis fruits it's first year and grows similarly to incarnata. Both beautiful specimens. But if you are looking for tge added benifit of delicious fruits, i do not recomend incarnata for this reason. But if you do not really care about fruits, incarnata is one of my favorites, in fact I make a habit out of taking pictures of the "wild" ones growing around here when they bloom, and use that for my phone's walpaper.

    Amazonit a great source for the various species, as noted above. You probably dont need more than a few, depending on hpw much area you are trying to cover, as they have a tendancey to take over alot of times. Plus, they are easy to take cuttings from or air layer, if you are into that.

    My 2cents

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    Or you can try to go in a garden forum to ask if other people have the cuttings to ship to you. I ask for the golden rod plants and got a lot growing now. Some are happy to share some with you. I use to do plants and seeds trading on the web. We still have 2 types of hoyas growing that came from Canada from short 4" cuttings. I wonder if the bees like
    hoyas flowers too.

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    Thanks for the info, Guy. If you haven't had luck with germinating passiflora seeds on your setup, there's no way I'm going to frustrate myself trying! I am specifically interested in P. incarnata for herbal remedies - it works beautifully with Valerian root as a sleep aid. That said, the prospect of fruit in year one is extremely attractive. Do members of the genus hybridize freely? Would I be screwing up by planting incarnata and eudilis together?

    Beepro - thanks also for the tip! Maybe I can get cuttings in trade for hops rhizomes.

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    Default Re: Planting suggestions for covering chain-link privacy fence?

    Quote Originally Posted by urbanoutlaw View Post
    Thanks for the info, Guy. If you haven't had luck with germinating passiflora seeds on your setup, there's no way I'm going to frustrate myself trying! I am specifically interested in P. incarnata for herbal remedies - it works beautifully with Valerian root as a sleep aid. That said, the prospect of fruit in year one is extremely attractive. Do members of the genus hybridize freely? Would I be screwing up by planting incarnata and eudilis together?

    Beepro - thanks also for the tip! Maybe I can get cuttings in trade for hops rhizomes.
    I'm pretty sure they do hybridize quite freely. I also had an interest in growing incarnata for medicinal reasons, they do quite a bit from what I've read.

    Passiflora seed are readily available online, so there must be some success in growing them from seed, just not at my house

    I'll look into the hybridization later after work, I don't trust myself answering without some brushing up.

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    I am so sorry for the delayed response. Busy as a bee (almost!) as spring creeps in. I knew they hybridized, but was unsure the result. I don't know if it will upset your fruits, or if the results of the cross pollination will just yield hybridized offspring. I could not find any info on it, but did find something for you to look over if you wish. http://www.passionflow.co.uk/passifl...ybridizing.htm

    I suspect if it is hard to sprout the seeds, as my experience tells me, the main form of propagation will be cuttings. This is very easy with passifloras, even for a newbie. I suggest this if you want more plants. I figure, at best, the hybridization will produce good results, neutral results would be no effect on fruits, and worst case somewhat inferior fruits (they might not have the same texture or sweetness) but I don't think you will have any issues.

    If you do grow two different types, post back here and let us know if it does mess with your fruits!

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    Default Re: Planting suggestions for covering chain-link privacy fence?

    What about hardy English Lavender,It blooms all summer.

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    Default Re: Planting suggestions for covering chain-link privacy fence?

    Why not try some blackberries or raspberries? I've got three blackberry and two raspberry vines growing on my chain link fence in the yard my hive is in. Also have a couple blueberry bushes but that doesn't help with the fence situation. I have grapes back there too, but I hear they are not good for chain link fences as you can't maintain them properly. My grapes are on a trellis, but bees love blackberry anyways, so you would kinda benefit doubly.

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    Default Re: Planting suggestions for covering chain-link privacy fence?

    Kaeckman: I'm actually in the process of growing English and hybrid Lavender from seed and cuttings. I didn't think they grew tall or fast enough to cover a 6' fence. I figured they might be good for shading vine roots if my plants are successful. I'm also planning on keeping some at the beeyard in pots.

    Adam: I got zero interest in blue/black/raspberries at my parents' place. I might get one for the house though.

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    Default Re: Planting suggestions for covering chain-link privacy fence?

    I ordered some winter hardy kiwi vines last year, and they over wintered well. I cleared out about a half acre of tumberland on our property last week, and will transplant them there as soon as it is warm enough for me to feel like being outside. Im very cold intolerant.

    If you are still considering optuons, these might be worth your consideration. Usually, on amazon and thr like, they sell male and female sets of live cuttings at s reasonable rate. They produce lil red grape like "kiwis" year sfter year.

    Just snother opinion!

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    Default Re: Planting suggestions for covering chain-link privacy fence?

    I apoligize for the typos, im in between classes on my phone.

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