Wisterias.....

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Wisterias.....

I have just passed a beautiful one outside a house and I feel really tempted.....

Does anyone have any experience of planting and growing one and what are the pros and cons?

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Yummy

Wisteria

Very easy to take cuttings if you are willing to wait a while. I have two growing at the minute... flowers smell gorgeous and they have a second showing later on around August (I think). Drawback is they make a hell of a mess when the petals start to fall, but it is a small price to pay for a lovely display.

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lemonsqueaky

Wisteria

You have to be ruthless pruning them Nor. Can't for the life of me remember when which is no help at all. I'll investigate for you! I think they can take a few years to blossom.

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Gerry

pros + cons of wisteria etc

"and what are the pros and cons?"
Just the old saying, "You plant magnolias for your children and wisteria for your grandchildren."
But you look pretty young!

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sandra

Wisterias

With you on that one Gerry !
Our last house was Regency had a verandah and wisteria and grape vine entwined been there decades !. Stunning ! Have I tried to replicate ? No !!
As you pass a golden building, sun reflecting and wisteria draping remember bit like us girls - you don't notice all the support required !

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Gerry

old wisteria

" Have I tried to replicate ? No !!!"
Very wise of you, Sandra. Best to buy an old house with a well-established wisteria.

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Biggles !

wisteria

"Best to buy an old house with a well-established wisteria."

Ooooh, thanks Gerry that's what we did but we didn't know we had a wisteria. It's lovley but I still don't think we are pruning hard enough.

The link below shows what happens if you don't prune and keep under control. I wish mine looked as good :0)

http://www.totalfrance.com/france/forum/viewtopic.php?t=84942

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Gerry

beautiful wisteria

Biggles. just love the pic

Wisterias.....

Oh wow Biggles - what a great picture! Oh well I don't know what to do now, I want an instant one really, but maybe I should be patient, heaven knows how fast the years fly by anyway!

The one I pass is right in the middle of London, and it is so unusual to see one here, it really cheers you up when you by.

Perhaps I will make a few enquiries and take the plunge. thanks everyone!

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Chazza

Wisterias.....

I slightly missed this thread as it was happening, but thought you should know about a friend of mine who bought a fantastic house with the classic well established wisteria at the front - trouble was that in a single year it insertes a shoot into the eaves of the stable, which was converted, and she didn't notice it until it came out the other end of the building, about 30 yards away.

By that time the stem at the entry point was over 3 inches thick and much roof fixing was needed.

I've seen a bonzai one at the Chelsea Flower Show, the flowers are normal size. Perhaps try that!

 
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