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Re: Wisteria training & snags.... Need some help here...

Well I obviously am doing something wrong!

I have had Amethyst Falls for 4-5 years- still hasn't
made it to the top of a 5ft fence :(..... maybe this

Bonnie, as far as how long your snag will last....
depends on what type of tree was it (hard or soft
wood), why is it a snag- did lightening hit it-did it
have some bug issue or what, and who's home is it now
(bugs, birds, critters). You can not depend on a snag
to be there forever, but should last a couple years to
many, many years.....


--- Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

> I grew up in a house in the Florida Panhandle that
> had  a wisteria
> screen around the corner of the porch (my
> grandfather called it a
> veranda).  The wisteria grew on a support made of
> lead pipes -
> I guess maybe 2" pipes.  I don't know how long the
> vine had been
> there, but it was fully grown as long as I can
> remember.  As a child
> I would climb from the porch into the vine for a
> place to hide and
> read books - much to the distress of my grandmother
> because 
> wisteria sap made stains on my clothes.  I don't
> know which
> kind of wisteria it was - beautiful fragrant
> lavender blooms -  but
> this must have been planted in the early years of
> the last century.
> I remember that once my grandfather measured the
> growth of the
> vine along the ground under the house (Florida
> houses in those 
> days were built up on piers with a two-or-three-foot
> airspace
> beneath as a kind of passive air-conditioning).  The
> vine grew
> from one side of the house to the other - perhaps
> forty feet - in
> ten days.  He would have a man come every spring and
> do major
> pruning - take off a wagon-load of growth.  He said
> that was
> necessary to make it bloom - and it must have
> worked, for the
> bloom was heavy each year.
> Auralie
> In a message dated 01/06/2006 8:02:34 PM Eastern
> Standard Time, 
> zsanders@midsouth.rr.com writes:
> >I was looking at the White Flower Farm site where
> they tell you never to
> > remove the stake. I'm sure when trained right it
> would stand up under 
> > normal
> > conditions, but what happens in weather?
> > I've seen a really big wisteria, in fact they
> claim it is the biggest in 
> > the
> > world, in Sierra Madre. Here's a link:
> > http://www.sierramadrenews.net/wistaria.htm
> > This vine did collapse a house. They let the
> public in to see it in bloom
> > once a year. It's pretty impressive to walk
> underneath and it smells
> > wonderful.
> > Anyway what have you got to lose, plant your
> wisteria, train it up the 
> > tree
> > and see what happens, even if the tree trunk falls
> over chances are the 
> > vine
> > will make it and then you can decide whether to
> build an arbor underneath
> > it. You'll be doing some pruning every year
> though!
> >
> > Cyndi
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