Wisteria vines are spectacular specimens that bear large fragrant drooping bluish purple blooms in late spring to early summer. Wisteria vines are twining climbers that can wind their way up to at least 25′ – 30’ with the correct support. Supports must be sturdy, because the mature vines are considerably heavy.
Wisteria is a colorful, versatile, fast growing, easy to care for vine. The hanging clusters of flowers provide quite a show for the home gardener who will be the envy of the neighborhood with such a show stopping display of color from these unbelievably fragrant vines.
The most important factor to consider when growing Wisteria vines is location. Open areas in the landscape are always a great place to plant the vines so they have some room to grow, or some people prefer to plant them near a heavy duty trellis.
Wisteria feels right at home in a bright sunny spot but can live in partial sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in a slightly acidic, rich, well-drained soil, but can tolerate other soil conditions.
Once planted Wisteria vines need very little care. Being drought tolerant is a huge advantage in the prolonged summer heat and these vines do not require fertilizing. Vigorous pruning is required to keep this vine manageable for the weekend gardener that has little time to maintain their landscape.
How To Plant Wisteria Vines
Dig a hole wide enough to allow about 12 inches of clearance all the way around the vines container. Dig the hole deep enough to allow the vine to rest in the hole with its soil mark slightly higher than ground level.
Carefully remove the vine from its container and place it in the hole.
Fill in the hole with soil and moisten each layer of soil with water.
Tamp the soil down firmly with your hands and remove all air spaces.
Apply a 2 to 4 inch layer of mulch around the vines which will help to retain moisture, keep down the weeds and also protect the roots from extreme temperature changes.