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Name: Walter Fritsch Jr
Connecticut (Zone 6a)
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Wally2007
Mar 6, 2021 4:54 PM CST
I have a page link fence line in my backyard of which I have some varied clematis, however, one of the clematis has seen better days. In glancing at the Wisteria from the monthly newsletter, I would very much like to supplement the climatis with the Wisteria. Moist soil, all day sun. So given my zone, I would like to proceed with the Wisteria. Any and all advice would greatly be appreciated.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 6, 2021 7:14 PM CST
I'm going to assume you meant chain link fence, not page link fence. I would look for a Japanese Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda) rather than a Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) because the Japanese Wisteria is more cold hardy. You never know when there will be another Polar Vortex.

A couple other wisteria comments:

They are voracious growers and will take over the entire fence if you don't keep them in check. It will easily overrun the Clematis. They will also travel along the ground in leaves or tall grass until they bump into something (maybe 100's of feet away) then start climbing. The good news, its virtually impossible to over prune a wisteria.

The stems are thick and heavy (Imagine a climbing, winding tree trunk) The entire vine may weigh several hundred pounds. How hefty is your fence?

Make sure you get a mature vine otherwise it may take years to bloom.
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Name: Walter Fritsch Jr
Connecticut (Zone 6a)
Retired Gone Postal, Retired Army T
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Wally2007
Mar 7, 2021 1:37 PM CST
Thank you kindly for your prompt reply. I will in fact heed your advice and check our local nursery for mature floribunda wisteria. I only wish the weather would improve. I'm quite anxious to get outside and commence with my spring cleaning and planting.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 7, 2021 1:44 PM CST
I know the feeling! We had 60 degree temps, then snow followed by 50 mph winds. I can't wait to see what happens tomorrow. Rolling on the floor laughing
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Webmaster: osnnv.org

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