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Wisteria Advice Please

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by afgreyparrot on April 05, 2006 09:56 PM
Two years ago I planted a little Wisteria beside the deck.
It didn't grow much the first year, but last summer it really took off.

The bottom of this deck is about 6 feet above the ground, so you can imagine how long the wisteria branches are.
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I planted it here so the branches would twist around the deck rail, just like they are doing...but I'm wondering if that is a bad idea down the road, when the wisteria is older and is all wound around the deck... [nutz] and then it will be impossible to stain/waterproof the rails.

I guess I need to move it, but not sure what kind of support it needs. If I plant it beside a tree is it OK for it to grow up into the tree...or is that a bad idea, too? [dunno]

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by johnCT on April 05, 2006 10:03 PM
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Originally posted by afgreyparrot:
...but I'm wondering if that is a bad idea down the road, when the wisteria is older and is all wound around the deck...
Boy are you asking for trouble! [shocked] [teacher]

Oh, btw, yes it is wrong that you haven't seen the Martix. Go rent it!!! [muggs] [Big Grin]

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John - Zone 6
by afgreyparrot on April 05, 2006 10:09 PM
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Boy are you asking for trouble!
I figured that..... [Roll Eyes]
I don't know what I was thinking.
(I obviously wasn't thinking!) [nutz]

I have no idea where to move it...but I guess I better figure something out fast before it starts growing again. It's springtime!

Looks like I'm going to have to rent "The Matrix" today. [Big Grin]

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by johnCT on April 05, 2006 10:21 PM
Lol! There are two sequals by now too.

You could find a tree on the border of your property for it like I did.

How bout morning glories, trumpet vines or clematis for the space? You may need to prop them up to reach the deck though?

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by SpringFever on April 05, 2006 10:22 PM
Yep I just posted a picture of my wisteria...
I have it on a wooden arbor needless to say it pulled it right over now I have to cut it out of the arbor some how and find a new support I am thinking metal something... something very strong an 8x8 LOL... have to move it before those vines start to get stronger [thinker]
BTW matrix good but not great takes to much effort to fallow.. [sleepy]

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by johnCT on April 05, 2006 10:27 PM
Before you know it it will look like this...

World's Largest Wisteria

[Big Grin] [Big Grin] [tongue]

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John - Zone 6
by SpringFever on April 05, 2006 10:31 PM
Oh geeze that is huge and beautiful.... wish mine would bloom soon..

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by afgreyparrot on April 05, 2006 10:33 PM
Holy Koogamooga! [shocked]
That thing is awesome!

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by Deborah L. on April 06, 2006 04:08 AM
I bought a Texas Purple wisteria a few days ago.
I'm going to keep it as a large bonsai.
It's dripping with blooms and I am in love with its beauty and fragrance !
I planted it in a huge decorative clay container and covered the top of the soil with orchid moss.
It looks fabulous !
I'm researching online as to pruning and all.

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by SpringFever on April 06, 2006 05:18 AM
I hope I do this right http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1246.html
This is a bunch of good advice

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by Deborah L. on April 06, 2006 06:04 AM
You did it right !
Thank you, Spring ! [clappy]

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by Av8trx on April 07, 2006 04:58 AM
Will you have to cut out what has grown around the rails of the porch? I have this growing along the house and it's climbed up the telephone lines - I need to get it off of there, but I'd rather not cut it. Can I charm it with a flute and basket? [shocked]

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by Triss on April 07, 2006 05:12 AM
Oh wow Cindy, that is some project you have ahead of you.

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by afgreyparrot on April 07, 2006 09:12 PM
After reading the fact sheet that SpringFeaver posted, I am a little afraid to move it now.
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Wisterias do not transplant well and usually suffer a severe setback if moved. Large specimens sometimes do not recover.

This is the Wisteria I planted in memory of Hollywood when she died, and I don't want to risk losing it. It's really special to me.
I'm going to have to sit out there and stare at it for awhile and try to figure out a solution that doesn't involve moving it. [nutz]

Guess I should have researched the plant before I planted it.
[Eek!]

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by SpringFever on April 07, 2006 09:23 PM
You could always put some wire around the deck for it to trasfer on to. instead of the deck itself..

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by johnCT on April 07, 2006 09:49 PM
....or just pay special attention to it to control it.

One other thing I just thought of is taking a cutting from it. If you get it to root, then it may be worth a try to move the mama plant knowing you'll still have part of it. Don't know how well they do from cuttings though. [dunno]

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by afgreyparrot on April 07, 2006 10:27 PM
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Don't know how well they do from cuttings though.
I got cuttings from my mom's wisteria last spring and they did great. I didn't plant any of them here, though...I gave them all away.

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