Ask a Question forum: wisteria growing in Southern Okanagan, B.C.

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Name: Diane Bell
British Columbia (Zone 7b)
Interested to learn @ flowers/trees
Jun 14, 2016 8:28 PM CST
i have always loved the wisteria, just moved into a home, my last move. So I purchased a Wisteria to plant (it is about 3 feet tall), but I have no idea, where to put it. I just read an answer about a Wisteria in Kelowna that you said was okay with winter temperature that hovers around 10 F. Well it gets pretty cold here in winter, sometimes -20 C..which is about -4 F. but usual is -8 to -12 C, which is about 10 F. Is it even feasible for me to plant this beautiful plant(tree) here. I was planning to put it on the west side of the house which has a bank around the yard, but i dont think it is enough to protect it from winter cold, is there something I can do to ensure its survival or am I kidding myself. I guess I could put it in a container to put away in winter but don't know if this is good idea either, seeing as it is a vine. Please help me...signed: Novice Gardener of Wisteria (and all other flowers and outdoor trees and plants).
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Jun 14, 2016 9:36 PM CST
Welcome to, @Okanaganbell !

I am also a wisteria novice... I bought a "Blue Moon" wisteria 2 years ago, wintered it over in my garden the first year, then last year in a pot inside an unheated hoophouse.... now I am in the process of putting up an arbor to grow it on. Do you know what variety you have? If the one you have doesn't turn out to be hardy, Blue Moon certainly should be; supposedly it is hardy down to USDA zone 3! (I was quite surprised to learn that wisteria are native to Michigan Blinking ) I think they do grow quite large, so I'm not sure how practical it would be to try to keep it in a container -- I did see one on Pinterest that was grown as a bonsai, though.

If you don't get any further info here, you might want to visit the "vines and climbers" forum ( ).

I hope both of our plants will do well! Smiling
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