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Spiraclimb Hints

This section aims to provide some useful ideas and tips for users of our Spiraclimb climbing plant support.

Location, Location, Location!

Patio Plant Support

The advantage of the Spiraclimb is that it is compact and entirely self supporting. This means you can really experiment with where you grow climbers in your garden.

  • How about using Spiraclimb as the centrepiece of a circular bed in your lawn? The Spiraclimb will produce a cone of attractive foliage and flowers around which ground-cover favourites (such as Lobelia) can be planted. Create an eye-catching centrepiece with a difference!
  • If your garden is a balcony, Spiraclimb offers you the chance to grow climbers in a controlled way that won't overcrowd your limited space. Choose a scented climber to create a compact display of foliage and colour that will gently scent your balcony and your home.
  • Is your garden or patio exposed to wind and rain? Traditional climbing plant supports make growing in these conditions difficult, but Spiraclimb is much more compact and though no climbing plant will withstand sustained extreme weather, Spiraclimb may offer you the chance to succeed where in the past you have failed.
  • Bring some colour into your home! Take a look at our indoor and conservatory plants section and see how Spiraclimb can be used to bring climbers into your home for year-round colour.
Conservatory Plants

Plant Care

Needless to say, the Spiraclimb itself is only part of a successful display of blooms and foliage. When selecting your climbing plant, make sure you consider the following.

  • Soil type (acid/alkaline)
  • Drainage and Watering
  • Position (sun, partial shade, north facing)
  • Feeding requirements (when, what type and how much)
  • Pruning - when & how much?

These requirements will vary from plant to plant. Discuss your choice with garden centre or nursery staff to ensure you give your plants the best chance of success.

Remember too that for many flowering varieties, dead-heading greatly prolongs the flowering time and is well worth doing.

Soil is the "Root" of Success

It sounds simple, but choosing a good variety of compost makes a very big difference to the success of plants grown in tubs or containers. In a tub or container there is no fresh input of nutrients that you would get in a flower bed and drainage can be a problem (either the water drains right out or gets trapped creating boggy conditions). Specialist varieties of tub compost contain slow release nutrients as well as the right degree of water retention. Even these will quickly be drained of nutrients by a plant growing vigorously so plant feed is a good investment after the first month or so.

Another good tip, if you can find them, is to add a worm or two into the soil. Place dead headed flower heads etc on the soil at the base of the plant stem rather than throwing them away. They will rot down into the soil and keep the quality better for longer.