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Does anyone know of a VERY fast-growing vine?

My family is looking to get a little more privacy in our yard, but our municiple codes are pretty tough (read: anal) around here, so basically our only options for privacy fencing are slats (upwards of $1500 for our fence) or vines. So we are looking for some VERY swift-growing vines to plant. does anyone know any vines like this? hopefully something that will grow in a hot climate. and did i mention fast?

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Michif5 years ago
Hops
cyc4015 (author)  Michif5 years ago
i like this, especially because it's dual purpose!
Michif cyc40155 years ago
You mean using the hops in pillows for headaches? LOL!
Gorfram7 years ago
Well, Kudzu would do it. :)
(But even if it's not illegal where you live, it's still a Very Bad Idea.)

Honeysuckle grows very fast, and is a pleasant plant to have around. Some species are rampantly invasive, though, so check your state Ag Dept's website to be sure you get one that's okay for your climate.

Morning Glories (the annuals, not the perennials aka "bindweed") have to grow pretty darned fast because - hey, they're annuals: they've only got so much time to get it all done. They're also very easy to grow from inexpoensive seeds.

Beans and peas also grow like wildfire. You could have loads of Sweet Peas (the "annual effect" again) by midsummer if you planted today. And Scarlet Runner beans have beautiful red blossoms, but I can't remember whether the beans themselves are very tasty or highly poisonous - you may want to check that out.
Lol, Kudzu...that stuff is evil and has destroyed a huge swath of the American Southeast.
seandogue7 years ago
If you choose Morning glories, please remember that once in, you'll be hard pressed to ever get rid of them. They are very good at self-propogation, and some varieties are not just annual as advertised...We have some varieties here in NEO whose root systems survive the winter quite well. My former girlfriend's front flower bed was overrun with them...every year the same story, weekly weeding of the morning glory to keep from killing her shrubs and flowers...they grow like wildfire
ntbrown7 years ago
I used morning glories, and four oclocks. From seed, I in just 4 - 6 weeks, I had an amazing growth, with beautiful flowers in the morning, and another show in the afternoon. The leaves are big, the vine grows super fast, and it has offered a fantastic privacy block. In a warm climate, I think they will grow all year. Not sure on that, but you could do a google search to verify.
AndyGadget7 years ago
Russian Vine (Fallopia baldschuanica) - also known as mile-a-minute vine. It's not particularly pretty but it will cover ANYTHING pretty quickly. You'll spend most of your time hacking it back.
cyc4015 (author)  AndyGadget7 years ago
does this stuff die out in the winter?
It does in a British climate, but may not do somewhere warmer. It's not really a plant you'd want as a feature, but it's VERY good at covering things. The roots aren't invasive and you can always hack it off at the stems if it gets too much. If you're in a hot climate there are probably more attractive things which we can't grow here in Britain.
Z..7 years ago
Solanum Jasminium. It has small white flowers all year long. But beware;-it's a Triffid!! If you stand still for too long it will grow up your leg! You'll need to trim it fortnightly.
solidacid7 years ago
a Thunbergia alata, or "Black-eyed Susan vine". they grow incredibly fast and they are very pretty. i had on growing in a pot with a few randomly placed bamboo stick in it, it grew to about 1 meter in a little over a week
A Gorfram said, annuals like morning glories, beans, and peas are all excellent ideas for speed. You can also mix them with a slower-growing vine like English ivy or wild grapes.

Morning glories spread profusely in the warm, moist summers here. They reseed themselves so well that whenever I try to reuse a pot of soil, morning glories inevitably appear in the spring. Though the plants die in the first frost, they leave behind thick tangles of vines.

Beans and peas not only have beautiful flowers, but the initial batch of seeds will be quite cheap. $2 should buy you several pounds of dry beans at the grocery store. Just soak the dry beans in water (replacing it daily with fresh) until sprouts appear. Or you could simply mix some dry beans into the soil and water regularly.

You might also consider vegetables like watermelon, pumpkin, or cucumbers.
I have grown a Scarlet Runner plant before and they grow very quickly. They also produce plenty of bean pods so you can dry out the beans and grow them next year.