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by Av8trx on April 08, 2006 01:47 AM
Last year (my first spring in this house) I notice a pretty tree thing and think about cutting it down cause it might be a weed - but then the neighbor tells me "it's wisteria - it's a keeper" - it didn't bloom last year, and it doesn't look good for this year either - but the thing is that's it's climbed up the side of the house and along the telphone lines - ut oh! [scaredy] I need to get it off of there before it cuts off my electricity - do I have to "cut" it, or unwind it? Ok - this is very new to me, so my questions will be remedial - thanks for answering [grin]

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by Av8trx on April 08, 2006 01:50 AM
Wait - Here's a photo...and yes, my house is pink - hopefully the wisteria is too (when ever it blooms) I have an arts and crafts style house, I guess wisteria is supposed to be common around those style houses - who knows really!

Wisteria

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by Av8trx on April 08, 2006 04:08 AM
I'd like to add another question to the mix - if I cut the branches that have crawled up the house - could I root it? And how is that done? I've searched the site, but I am coming up empty. Thanks

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by SpringFever on April 08, 2006 06:18 AM
Hey Av8 you could try to un wind it if you can... if it is too tall you can cut it as well after it blooms or not.. here is a link that may help you.http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1246.html
Has answered a few problems I have had..hope it helps you too.. [wavey]

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by peppereater on April 08, 2006 07:52 AM
Wisteria are tempermental...If it doesn't bloom soon, cut it WAY back...they bloom in spring, but there are lots of theories about pruning the roots, bashing the stems with a baseball bat...they need to be stressed sometimes to bloom. Some say they won't bloom for 7 years, 12 years, etc. I have 2 I've planted, they're just a couple years old. I'm not doing anything extravagant until after bloom time is over, then if they don't bloom, I'm cutting them back hard. I have cut them back for clients, and that seems to force blooms...

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by Deborah L. on April 08, 2006 08:00 AM
Peppereater, what color are your wisterias?

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by Starla in GA on April 08, 2006 10:57 AM
It took 4 yrs before my Wisteria bloomed. So don't be upset if you dont get any show for awhile. [dunno]

As for the wisteria growing on the house and lines... You should definatly get the vine OFF. Wisterias vines will thicken to the size of a tree trunk over the years and can actually tear a structure down [shocked] Scary I know.

Yes you can root the vine , it's actually quite easy [thumb] Just be aware of where you plant it so that it won't cause any harm. [lala]

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by Starla in GA on April 08, 2006 10:58 AM
Oh and btw... mine is a blue purple color [Cool]

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by Frisha on April 21, 2006 10:53 PM
I found that if I cut my wisteria back right as the leaf buds were just opening up (not major pruning but trimming it) It increased teh amount of blooms that were on it. And yes it does get huge. Unforentually moved and only managed to bring a small piece with me and it's being a slow grower.
by twwright on May 07, 2006 02:16 AM
I don't know if this has occurred to anyone else but the vine in the picture Av8trx provided does NOT look like any Wisteria I've ever seen. Course I'm in Texas and there may be some "flavors" I am not aware of. To me it looks like a pest plant that did the same thing to me in McKinney, TX. Grew all over the phone line wires, cable and other wires. I never determined the exact type of plant but I also never could kill it. I cut it and cut it and cut it but it just kept coming back. I think it was a type of Jasmine ground cover that went wild and invasive. Just a thought. [dunno]
by Deborah L. on May 07, 2006 01:32 PM
That doesn't look like a wisteria to me either, but I guess the neighbors, if they saw it in leaf and in bloom, would know.
Does it have any leaves now? I think the wood growing along the lines is kinda scary. I hope you'll cut it way back, to stay safe !

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by Southern Gardener on May 11, 2006 05:22 AM
We live in central Virginia in an old Colonial Revival house that has a very large Wisteria vine growing in a maple tree. I imagine the vine is original to the house- I do know that it's been here least 45 years.

From your picture it doesn't look anything like the one we have. The vine of ours looks different.

Ours is a light purple. It was gorgeous last year- people would actually stop their cars and come look at it. This year we had maybe two blooms at the most- very pitiful. The leaves and vines look great- but no blooms.

It seems pretty easy to root and when the pods break open we have volunteer plants spring up everywhere.

Sandy [kitty]
by SpringFever on May 11, 2006 04:19 PM
It looks like mine ...

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by Tonya on May 12, 2006 04:47 AM
I took a snippet from a neighbor and am trying to root it in water...any advice on getting it to grow faster. I tried digging up a small offset, but it died! [tears] Hers is purple and beautiful...

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