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Re: Re: Wisteria festival

Threaten it ... Seems when ever I decide that - if
this plant is not going to bloom or grow, next spring
it is out of here...They all seem to put on a great
show that year.


--- TeichFlora@aol.com wrote:

> Great pics, Cyndi.  I love wisteria wood, how it
> gets so  twisted.  I've 
> tried to keep some of mine, but it gets quite
> brittle with  time.  When I cut the 
> straggly vines back though, I've used those to make 
> baskets, they seem to 
> hold up much better....although not as decorative.
> I've had this wisteria since 1990, it has never
> bloomed.  We have  gotten all 
> sorts of advice in the past and tried it, even from
> this group when  it was 
> AHS.   No nitrogen fertilizer, pruning roots, not
> cutting  it back at all, you 
> name it.   Nothing.  It was not blooming  when we
> purchased it, some say it's 
> just a dud (?).  We keep saying we are  going to
> yank it out and try something 
> else, but it has been there so long, and  it is
> located right on a cedar 
> fence, that digging it would cause problems, I 
> think.  It really is annoying how 
> it climbs into every tree, and then every  year I
> have to cut out the vines.  
> Haven't gotten to cutting it yet, and  was hoping it
> would bloom this year but 
> it already has put out  foliage.  This might
> definitely be the year it 
> goes.....but then we say  that every year.  And it
> is not like this type doesn't do 
> well here, since  they are growing wild all through
> the Texas Piney woods and 
> bloom  religiously.  
> Anyone have any clues, or had experience with
> non-blooming wisteria?   Or 
> perhaps encouragement to finally take the step to
> get rid of it.  Just  kills me 
> to get rid of a perfectly good plant........... just
> because  it doesn't 
> bloom.  Tired of giving it another chance though.
> We have an evergreen wisteria, _Milletia reticulata
> _ 
>  , that  we've only had a few years, it has bloomed
> consistently.  Another 
> thing I  like about this one vs. the other type,
> besides being evergreen, is 
> that it  blooms all summer and fall, and sometimes
> winter till first freeze.  It  
> seems to be very hardy, has never frozen back or had
> any freeze damage to the 
>  vine even. 
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast
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