The Q&A Archives: Securing A Wisteria

Question: Hi,

I have a wisteria plant growing up and along the brick by our garage doors. It is about 4 years old and
it's quite vigorous! We have to secure it to the brick with cement nails then tie it with floral tape. Is there
another way to secure it to the walls without having to go to all this trouble? It seems we need to prun
it during the summer and retie it because it gets so much growth. If we don't, it grows under the gutters
and God only knows where it goes from there!!

I think we should have gotten a self-clinger!

Thanks for your help.

Answer: The vine will always need a support of some sort, unless you allow it to scramble its way up and over the roof. You might consider using a heavy post and stout trellis of some kind placed parallel to the wall of the garage. You might also consider training it to stand alone as a standard. This vine will continue to become larger and stronger and ultimately much heavier, so you probably do not want it to be supported by the building in the long run. In the meantime, keep up with that pruning!

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