The Q&A Archives: Staking Wisteria

Question: I have a 3yr old wisteria plan. The arbor I had it on broke. I replaced it with a metal one but that one is falling apart. I would like to fix it before it starts to bloom again. Any suggestions for a solid hold?

Answer: Wisteria becomes ever stronger as it ages and it can easily grow as thick as a man's arm. The best supports I have seen are granite boulders and hefty brick piers; other succesfull supports have been made with extremely sturdy beams of about 6 by 6 inch dimensions. Alternatively you might try training it as a standard set in the middle of a grass lawn area. This can be done using a very heavy iron pipe.

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