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HI

can anyone help with a query. I want to grow virginia creeper onto a talised timber fence, will it work, or is the plant not going to like the treatment in the timber?

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Nicola

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  • Posted: Mon. 4th October 2010 12:44

Re: Growing onto tanalised timber

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Nicola,
I don't think it should be an issue for Parthenocissus - it is pretty tough, so tough that I have seen it growing happily up concrete noise barriers on the freeways in and around Los Angeles. Definitely can handle pollutants. If you were growing edible plants, I would be more concerned since the chemicals leaching into the soil from the timber (primarily aresenic, I think) can get into the plants. Having said all this, I don't think there is enough research out there to say exactly how treated timber effects plant growth.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Wed. 6th October 2010 22:10