Growing climbers up a palm tree

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Sally

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Growing climbers up a palm tree
« on: August 02, 2018, 03:17:53 PM »
Is it possible to grow a climbing plant up a palm tree?  I have a tall date palm tree in my garden and I am considering using it to support a kiwi plant but am not sure if this is a good idea or not?  Any suggestions please?

Caroline

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Re: Growing climbers up a palm tree
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2018, 11:26:22 PM »
Definitely not a good idea to grow a kiwifruit up a palm tree. It gets out of control very quickly, and is a nightmare to prune at height.  I'm passing on the hard-won experience of my sister-in-law.  In fact I would hesitate to grow anything up a palm tree - causes more problems than it solves...  :)
I am establishing a garden on Waiheke Island, 35 minutes out of Auckland. The site is windy, the clay soil dries out quickly in summer and is like plasticine in winter, but it is still very rewarding. Water is an issue, as we depend on tanks. I'm looking forward to sharing ideas. Caroline

pamela

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Re: Growing climbers up a palm tree
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2018, 11:48:55 AM »
Dear Sally
I grow a beautiful Stephanotis floribunda into a Phoenix sylvestris.  It now looks wonderful but has taken about 10 years (I live in Spain, Costa Blanca) to look fabulous.  I do agree it is hard to prune the leaves as the dead fronds and seed heads need to be cut away carefully. But it can be done!  This year it has bloomed twice which was a bonus!   I think if you choose the climber with care it can be successful. Best wishes
Pamela
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