Make sure that what you’re tying into is solid. It’s easy to fail to spot that a wood trellis has silently rotted to the point of collapse because of the covering of stems over it. So, first check that the structure the climber is growing onto or over is still sound and fit for purpose.
If you’re tying in for the first time, think carefully about how you want your climber to look over the years as once you’ve started it’s quite difficult to start again.
Another good tip is to tie the string or plastic to the form of support or attachment first. Then tie round the stem as it gives it better protection from rubbing against what it’s been attached to.
If tying in your climber to a system of wires, consider adding tensioners. These will help keep the wires taut, because there’s nothing worse than looking at saggy wires.
Alternatively, a cheap, easier option to using wires, is to attach to rust proof screws or vine eyes. When growing up a brick wall it’s often easier to fix the screws into the pointing. Use screws that are around 5cm-7.5cm long to give enough protruding length to tie into.
Then, simply tie the stem to the screw. This also works on fences but ensure the screws are attached to the posts.