Scroll Trellis Adjustable Trellis: Product Review
A perfect solution for growing twining vines in narrow spaces
Available on Amazon
Why’s it called the Scroll Trellis? Because it rolls up like a scroll!
This is probably something you’ve never seen before – or even thought of. When I first saw it I thought “Hmmm. Curious.” Now I’m a big fan. Here’s why …
Each Scroll Trellis consists of the following:
- A 9-foot by 4-inch, black, UV-stabilized, high density plastic mesh strip
- 3 natural red cedar blocks (2”x2”x4”), pre-drilled with 3 holes
- 3 zinc-plated, self-tapping screws
- 6 plastic “push-in” buttons
At first glance it looks like something you could easily put together yourself with materials readily available at the local hardware store (at least that was my first impression). And that’s true – you probably could. But the time and effort required to do that wouldn’t be worth it, especially considering the reasonable price tag of the Scroll Trellis.
So what do you do with this assortment of pieces?
The Scroll Trellis is designed to support fast-growing twining vines in a narrow space, such as up a post or between windows or doorways.
At 9 feet long, it easily fits from the ground to the roofline on a single-level house. But if you want it shorter, just cut it to length with a regular pair of scissors.
Once it’s the length you want, wrap the mesh around one of the cedar blocks, hold it in place with two of the plastic buttons, and attach the top of the trellis by screwing the block into the post or wall with the supplied self-tapping screw. You’ll need a screwdriver or, preferably, a drill with a Phillips bit to drive in the screw, but you don’t need to drill a pilot hole.
The second block is attached at the bottom (be sure to pull the mesh tight) and the third one goes in the middle of the trellis, if needed.
Installation is quick and easy, provided you’re installing it on a wood post or siding. It’s possible to install it on a brick or block wall, but you’ll need to buy different screws (like Tapcon masonry screws) and will need to pre-drill the holes. Also consider using caulking to seal the holes when installing on a building.
I’ve also used the Scroll Trellis on a metal pergola (see photo below with the snail vine). Instead of screwing the blocks into the metal posts, I used long zip ties to hold the trellis parts firmly in place.
One of the things that makes the Scroll Trellis work so well for twining vines is that it holds the mesh trellis 2 inches away from the wall or post behind it. That allows vines to wrap completely around it, and also leaves room for better air circulation.
After two years in the Arizona sun and a winter in New England, my Scroll Trellis is still in perfect condition. The UV-stabilized mesh shows no sign of weathering. The blocks have turned grey but otherwise look intact.
Vines Love It
I’ve grown clematis, mandevilla and snail vine (Vigna caracalla) on the Scroll Trellis; all have grown quickly and needed no extra support. They’re all twining vines that wrapped around and through the mesh; any other type of vine would need to be tied to the trellis.
The manufacturer says that the Scroll Trellis has been tested to hold up to 50 lbs (provided it’s securely attached) so I expect it would work with something like climbing roses or climbing hydrangea. However, keep in mind that the Scroll Trellis is narrow (only 4 inches wide) and works best in a narrow space; you’d be better off with a wider, more rigid trellis for larger plants.
The Scroll Trellis is made in Minnesota.
While Scroll Trellis doesn’t specifically say they have a warranty, they will replace items if they are defective or damaged. You’ll need to send them an email at email@example.com and then ship your item to them at your expense.
If you want to grow vines up a pole or post, or in a narrow space on a wall, then the Scroll Trellis is the perfect solution. It’s durable, easy to install and vines quickly scramble up it to cover both the trellis and the underlying structure. You can use multiple kits to cover a larger area, although I think you’d be better off with a regular, larger trellis in that situation.
Where to Buy
Only a small number of local garden centers and retailers carry the Scroll Trellis so the company recommends buying it on Amazon where it’s currently listed for $24.95.
Now over to you – Where would you use the Scroll Trellis? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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