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John473John473 Posts: 62

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Hi all

Bought a wisteria floribunda black dragon. 

I am thinking of placing it at the rear wall of my house. This wall is south facing. 

The plant is in a large pot- is it ok to leave it in this pot or do I need something bigger? It was bought in a small pot and I transferred it to the bigger pot as seen in the photo and used John Innes # 3  as advised by garden centre.

I want to leave it between the patio door on the left and the window on the right. I would love it to spread over the window to the right too  

 -is it better to use a trellis attached to the wall or vine screws with wire? How do I train it properly?

any advice appreciated. 

John

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  • John473John473 Posts: 62

    Thanks very much - your wisteria looks beautiful. 

  • IamweedyIamweedy Cheshire East. Posts: 1,364

    Black Dragon will need a lot of support and a bit more than a pot to grow in. Mine has taken about 5 years to get to flowering earlier this year.




    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

  • It will be better in the open ground, and usefully, its roots are not invasive so it is safe to put up against your house.

    Having said this you can grow wisteria in a bonsai dish--

    It will twine around your supports and what Doghouse Riley says is spot on. The key thing is also pruning. Once you have a basic set of shoots making the framework you like, you'll need to prune out any new ones going in the wrong direction, any that are surplus to your framework, and then take the rest back to 2-3 pairs of leaves, in August.

    Then you need to prune again to 3 buds in January.

    Detailed instructions and videos here:

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=242

    The pruning, as with apple trees, stimulates growth of flower buds and helps what is by nature a massive plant turn into a manageable size for your doorway! 

    Also, Doghouse, your wisteria is really beautiful...

    Last edited: 06 October 2016 04:53:18

  • John473John473 Posts: 62

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  • IamweedyIamweedy Cheshire East. Posts: 1,364

    I have planted mine on a home made pegola. One day it is going to collapse and I will have to buy a "proper" one. At least it is at a manageable height to prune.

    I am looking forward to the spring.




    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

  • IamweedyIamweedy Cheshire East. Posts: 1,364

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    Just showing off its first proper blooms. I was boring everyone about it like I did with my new grandsons.




    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

  • John473John473 Posts: 62

    Thanks - was the pergola difficult to make?

  • John473John473 Posts: 62

    Wow I might have a go at this- thanks

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