Wisteria is a sturdy, woody vine with bright green leaves and lovely lavender flowers that resemble clusters of grapes. Wisteria vines are often used to cover arbors, trellises and fences. Although wisteria can grow up to 10 feet in one year, waiting for it to cover your arbor can seem like forever when it's hot outside and you'd like to sit under its shade. While there's no way to guarantee that your wisteria will grow at a certain pace, for the highest likelihood that it will mature as fast as possible, grow it under its most preferred conditions.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Trellis or other vine support
- Peat moss or compost
- Water-soluble fertiliser
Choose the best planting location for your wisteria. Choose a spot that has good soil drainage and gets at least six hours of full sun each day. Even better is a spot where the roots remain in the shade most of the day but the vine itself gets full sun exposure. Look also for a spot that has or that can accommodate a sturdy trellis or other support for the vine.
Dig a hole about as deep as the wisteria's container and about three times wider. Remove the wisteria from its container and place the plant in the hole.
Mix the soil you dug out with peat moss or compost at the ratio of about two-thirds soil and one-third peat moss or compost. Fill in the hole about halfway, and then water the soil. Once the water has soaked into the soil, fill the remainder of the hole and gently pat the soil down around the wisteria. Water the plant thoroughly.
Cover the top of the soil around the wisteria with a 2-inch layer of mulch.
Water at the rate of about 1 inch per week. Fertilise with a water-soluble fertiliser about once every two weeks. It is often recommended that you not fertilise wisteria. This advice applies to gardeners who are attempting to stimulate flower growth. If you simply want your vine to grow as large and as tall as possible, do fertilise it.
Tend your plant carefully. Water when the leaves are wilted, and keep a layer of mulch over the ground beneath the plant. Gently wrap longer vines around the trellis to encourage upward growth. Although wisteria plants are generally pest free, monitor your vine for signs of pests or other problems.
Tips and warnings
- Plant new wisteria vines in the spring to take advantage of the longest growing season possible.
- For tips on getting your wisteria vine to flower, see the Resources section.
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