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American vine: pruning, care and all the information on its cultivation. Fertilization, sowing, planting, cultivation in pots or in the ground.
ThereAmerican vine, Ampelopsis veitchiiin the new continent it is known asBoston Ivy, the Boston ivy. It is a fast growing climbing plant, loved in Italy for its ornamental leaves and luxuriant vegetation.
American vine, the red-leaved ivy
The leaves of theAmerican vine, are shiny and are appreciated in summer and spring for colors in shades of green. In spring, the leaves of theAmerican vinethey are light green, in summer they become more intense green to turn red in autumn. Those unfamiliar with the Ampelopsis genus tend to confuse this plant with our ivy. Due to its characteristics, Ampelopsis veitchii is often calledred ivy. ThereAmerican vine, just like ivy, it is a climbing plant capable of covering entire houses!
Warning! The American vine is not aevergreen! The leaves are deciduous and fall off in winter!
American vine, berries or fruit
In summer, Ampelosis veitchii blooms:its flowers are small while in summer the leaves become more majestic. The flowers develop fruits, commonly called berries.
THEfruitsof the American vine they have a certain toxicity and if ingested they can cause digestive problems of various kinds. It is true that the fruit of the American vine is toxic but it is equally true that the buds of the same plant do not have any toxicity and are widely used in gemmotherapy.
It is among the most popular garden climbing plants
American vine, sowing and planting
Ampelosis veitchii is one of the most popular garden climbing plants, the ideal period for sowing falls in spring (directly in the place where it is intended to be grown) or in autumn. The autumn sowing must take place in the seedbed, when the seedlings are well developed, in full spring, the plant can then be transplanted.
Anyone who buys well-developed seedlings or has them developed with the cutting technique, will be able to plant the American vine plants between March and April in Southern Italy and between April and May in the rest of Italy.
To allow a good development of the plant, a temperate climate is necessary. In the south, the plant will tend to develop more quickly and vigorously.
American vine, cultivation
The plant needs a soil rich in organic matter, moist but not excessively wet. Hercultivationit is possible both in pots and in the ground. If grown in pots, the American vine can also be grown indoors, as long as care is taken to maintain a good level of humidity.
American vine, pruning
Pruning can be both intense and light, in both cases it will strengthen the plant which tolerates any pruning well and will not suffer from the intervention. Typically you do onepruningcontainment or replacement, to ensure a renewal of vegetation. In winter, thicker branches can be cut so as not to damage the support that hosts this climber.
American vine, care
ThereBoston Ivy it does not require special care. Like all plants it needs to be wet. Watering must be abundant in summer. Who chose tocultivate the American vine in potswill have to water every day, whoever started onecultivationin the open ground, in the summer months, it can irrigate at intervals of 2 - 4 days. In autumn and spring, the frequency of irrigation is closely related to the seasonal trend.
The red ivyBoston Ivyit is a fast-growing plant and for this reason it needs many nutrients and a soil rich in organic matter. Those who grow in pots will have to administer a specific fertilizer every 40 days, suspending fertilization in the cold periods of the year.
Those who cultivate in the ground must use a well-fertilized soil and, at the time of planting, bury some manure on the bottom of the hole intended to accommodate the roots. Fertilization, for those who cultivate in the open ground, can take place annually by burying, superficially, balanced granules or well-ripened manure.