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Paraics Plant Of The Month For September 2017

“Cooler temperatures and shorter days from now on will turn the glossy green foliage of Boston ivy to beautiful hues of apricot, scarlet reds and burning bright orange from now until early winter”Paraic Horkan

This month Paraic has chosen Boston Ivy as his plant of the month. Boston ivy is a climbing plant that has adorned many houses in Ireland and across the world, covering them in rich shades of green and red depending on the variety and time of year.

The Boston Ivy plant, or Parthenocissus tricuspidata, is a flowering climber in the grape family (Vitaceae) native to eastern Asia. Although unrelated to true ivy, it is commonly known as Boston Ivy due to the similarities it shares. Boston ivy plants (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) is the plant from which the term “Ivy League” derives, growing on many of the more prestigious campuses across America.

One of the features of this plant is the wonderful colour changes that occur throughout the year. Cooler temperatures and shorter days from now on will turn the glossy green foliage of Boston ivy to beautiful hues of apricot, scarlet reds and burning bright orange from now until early winter.

Boston ivy climber thrives in the Irish climate, covering house and shed walls quickly and very effectively.

This climbing plant is self clinging and will clasp onto most surfaces including concrete and brick walls, timber fencing, garden sheds and boundary walls.

September is the perfect time to plant climbing Boston ivy spacing the plants two feet apart which will encourage a wall of tightly knitted foliage and great cover.

All in all, Boston Ivy is a low maintenance plant just needing an occasional trimming back to shape. Feed in spring with Osmo pro 6 fertiliser

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