Larry Bock wrote:Daniel,Wisteria starts off slow (in my experience) .. My wife and I planted an 18" stick in the ground 8 years ago. Not much happened till the fourth year. then it just blew up with a few blossoms. This year was a ten foot tall by ten foot wide,almost solid purple bloom. I can smell it from the bottom of a long driveway. Give it a year or two. your fence is gonna look wonderfull...Larry
Yes! ...and then if you move away and leave it to itself, it will climb and cover everything in sight Speaking from experience...I planted a 'stick' back in the seventies on our then homestead...we moved away in the eighties and rarely got back there...now the wisteria has covered maybe a half acre of the five acre piece. We've tried to cut it back and our boys tried to burn it back. Makes me think I should go check on it...I was always surprised that the deer didn't eat it, our goats at the time did.
I do think that there are different varieties and maybe all aren't equally rampant. My family won't let me plant any now, but I do enjoy seeing it bloom in other folks yards....
A friend of mine inherited her farm from her grandmother. The only condition mentioned in the will regarding this inheritance was that "she never plant wisteria on the property"...
...written in the will I might do that! ...lovely flowers and scent but a lifetime responsibility.
I think it really is that serious...there is a cabin under the vines in this pic...more than thirty years from planting a stick... https://permies.com/t/39732/permaculture-projects/Reviving-homestead-wisteria#564094