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Training Wisteria
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Michaela OR    Posted 04-19-2004 at 20:24:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would like to train a wisteria vine to go along my porch around my roofline. Any ideas on how to suspend it without pulling down the porch or rafters?
Just now I'm thinking of placing an eye-hook in each rafter-tail and suspending a 3/4" copper pipe a foot or so under the rafter with heavy-gague copper wire.
What have you seen work? Thanks! M.

KellyGa    Posted 04-20-2004 at 07:30:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
A couple of streets over from me, there is a house, with a small lot of land they own next to their house. They have made a little walkway, and sitting area, a little bridge, very quaint. Out away from everything, they made a sort of "tree" of wysteria. It is beautiful. You can see where they trained it up a pole or something, twisted it as it grew. It looks like a wysteria tree, thats the only way I can describe it. My daughter made mention she loved the vine, and wanted some for out yard. If I was ging to do it, I would do it just like they did, it is beautiful, and doesn't get out of control onto anything else.

Old Sarge    Posted 04-20-2004 at 06:59:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I agree with Susie, don't even attempt it unless you hAve lots of time on your hands. I planted one alongside the house outside the wifes bedroom window. 9 years later it is up on the roof. Foofing contractor didn't like it when he had to remove it to reroof the house.Also it took over the porch, and ramp where I go down in my power chair.

Miz Sarge cut it back to the ground (almost) and put in a iron trellis for it to climb, but I don't think it will restrain itself from going wild again.

SusieQ    Posted 04-20-2004 at 02:20:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well my contractor that redid my porch, drive, said move that vine it gets away from you on a porch, so we devised iron trellis with lattice work frame, and set it down in the yard, last summer the flower pods looked like big clusters of grapes, the vine is happier out in the full sun, my house is in tact too, these vines can wreak havoc on siding, the eves of rooves, and once it is on the side of house or porch, makes it difficult to do reg. maint. work like painting, washing siding. Think about it, and talk to a gardener or local contractor.

Michaela OR    Posted 04-20-2004 at 17:58:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, thanks Kelly, Sarge and SusieQ! I'll give it some thought....that "tree" sounds great....terriffic web page you have here! glad I found you! Michaela

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