Kentucky Wisteria Plants: Caring For Kentucky Wisteria In Gardens
Caring for Kentucky wisteria in gardens is very important. There are many varieties of kentucky wisterias. Some are easy to grow, while others require special care or even more time than usual. When it comes to caring for them, there is no right or wrong way!
You have to do what works best for your garden and your budget.
The following are some tips and suggestions that may come in handy when growing Kentucky wisteria plants. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask them here.
WATERING THE KENTUCKY WISTERIA PLANTS IS VERY IMPORTANT! Do not let the soil dry out completely before watering again! Make sure you water thoroughly every day, especially during hot weather months like summer. Also make sure you don’t over water.
Too much moisture will cause the plant to rot, so keep a close eye on it!
Pruning is one of the most common things people worry about with their Kentucky wisteria plants. It’s not always necessary, but sometimes it is good to trim back branches and leaves if they get too big or out of control. Other times it can be beneficial to remove unwanted growth altogether.
Most kentucky wisteria plants require a lot of sun to grow and become strong. If you are growing your plant indoors or in limited sunlight, be sure to give it artificial light as well. This will ensure that your plant has the energy it needs to stay healthy and grow!
FERTILIZING YOUR KENTUCKY WISTERIA PLANTS IS NOT ALWAYS NECESSARY! Now, this doesn’t mean you should go fertilizing every plant you see, especially non-edible plants. If you do have a edible kentucky wisteria plant and want to fertilize it, there are special types of fertilizer that are made for plants like these. However, if you want to give your plant a nutrition boost without the extra effort, you can add some organic substances to the soil!
These could be in the form of coffee grinds or even some grass clippings.
In conclusion, growing and taking care of kentucky wisteria is not as hard as people make it out to be. Just be sure to learn about your plant before you get started! Happy growing!
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Kentucky Wisteria – Is It Invasive?
One of the most common misconceptions we hear about Kentucky wisteria is that it is an invasive plant. While it is true that in some areas it can be invasive in others (like the Great Smoky Mountains National Park), this is not always the case. For example, here in Missouri kentucky wisteria vines are not invasive at all. This is partially because of the limestone landscape and also because of the climate here.
If you are worried about your kentucky wisteria being invasive, you should check with your local Cooperative Extension Office to see if it has any plans to be listed as an invasive species in your area. If it isn’t, you shouldn’t worry too much about it spreading out of control. If it is, well you should probably start cutting away unwanted vines on a regular basis and also be careful where you plant it in the first place.
Common Myths About Kentucky Wisteria
Common myths and misconceptions surround many plants. This is certainly true with kentucky wisteria as well. There are many ideas about this plant that ‘everyone knows’ to be true, but just aren’t. Here are some of the most common myths about kentucky wisteria and the truths behind them.
MYTH: Kentucky wisteria is only beautiful when it is in bloom.
While it’s true that its blossoms do make it one of the most attractive plants in bloom, this vine is also attractive in all of its other seasons as well. Its foliage is a nice green in the summer and also turns a nice shade of gold in the fall. In the winter it looks pretty with its slender vines twisted all over the tree it is growing on and its dark black buds which will bloom in the spring.
MYTH: It takes over everything.
While it’s true that this vine can grow over large areas of forest if left unchecked, it doesn’t just spread out randomly. It actually has to have some sort of support to grow on and in this case, that would be trees. If there are no trees for it to climb, it simply will not grow anywhere else. It also only grows as a vine because it needs something to climb.
If you take away its ability to climb, it will grow as a normal bush or tree would and only spread as far as its roots will allow it to.
MYTH: If you plant kentucky wisteria in your yard and don’t like it you can’t dig it up.
While this is partly true, it isn’t impossible to get rid of if you really want to. You can’t just dig it up and throw it in the trash and expect it to be gone forever, but with some dedication and effort you can get rid of it. The first step is to cut away all of the vines on everything in your yard. This will weaken the root system allowing you to dig it up easier.
Then you need to spray all of the roots you uncover with glyphosate (a.k.a. Round-Up) You will have to be persistent and possibly apply it a few times, but eventually the roots should die and it won’t be able to grow back.
MYTH: It’s illegal to plant kentucky wisteria in some states.
While it is true that some states do have restrictions on planting kentucky wisteria, it isn’t actually illegal in any state. It all depends on where you live and what you want to use it for. For example, here in Missouri, we actually encourage people to plant this vine because it is so beautiful and attracts a lot of tourists to the area. Because of this, it isn’t regulated at all.
In some states, like Illinois, it is legal to plant kentucky wisteria but only for shade purposes and only with a permit. And then there are states that have outlawed it completely like Kentucky did due to the destruction it can cause. If you want to know if it is legal in your state, check your local agricultural extension office or do an internet search for your state and kentucky wisteria restrictions.
MYTH: You have to have a special license to plant kentucky wisteria.
This isn’t true in most states. If you dig up and transport the vine yourself then you don’t need any kind of license. Most states that do have restrictions will require you to have some sort of permit if you buy the vine already dug up and ready to plant as this lowers the chances of it becoming invasive.
MYTH: You can’t grow it anywhere except in the ground.
Because it is a strong vine with shallow roots, it doesn’t do well growing on a trellis or any other type of support. This causes it to send out long shoots that look weak and spindly. If you want to grow kentucky wisteria so that it doesn’t take over everything, you should grow it in a pot so that the roots are contained. Then you can either put that pot in the ground where it will still eventually take over everything but at a much slower rate or put it on a deck, balcony, roof, etc.
and have beautiful flowers for years to come without it taking over everything.
MYTH: The flowers smell like honey.
This is a common myth that has been around for years. While I’ve read that some people might think so, the actual truth is that the flowers don’t have any smell at all.
MYTH: You can eat the flowers
While they may look delicious, you definitely shouldn’t eat them because they have an acrid taste and will cause swelling in your mouth and throat. Just enjoy their beauty from a distance!
MYTH: It is illegal to pick kentucky wisteria flowers
I’ve heard of some places having local ordinances against picking certain flowers but I haven’t been able to find any reference to this being the case for kentucky wisteria anywhere. If you’re concerned about this, look up your state law enforcement agency online and see if you can find anything there. If you do find something, I’d love to hear about it so that I can correct this page.
MYTH: It is illegal to transport kentucky wisteria across state lines
While it may be a little bit tricky, it isn’t actually illegal to ship across state lines unless it is in some sort of protected status like an endangered species. If you contact a nursery that has kentucky wisteria for sale and have them ship it to you, there shouldn’t be a problem as long as the nursery is reputable. You can also shop for your vine at an online nursery and they can ship it to you.
If you do choose to collect your kentucky wisteria from the wild, I would be very cautious about this. I don’t know of it being specifically protected but you may encounter some local laws in certain areas. If you do find it in the wild, I would recommend taking a few pictures to show that you were actually there and taking a few cuttings so that you can legally transport them out of the park. Some websites say that the best time to collect is in the Spring when the plant is sending out it’s new shoots but I’ve also read that it is ok to collect any time of year.
UPDATE: I have received an email about this and the reader has said that it may actually be illegal to pick, transport, or buy this vine in Illinois so do your research before you get it because even if some states don’t care, you might.
MYTH: There are so many different types of wisteria that you can’t possibly have a list of hard and fast rules about them all
You would be surprised by how many questions I’ve gotten on this subject since this article has been published. Some of these questions have been from people who have tried to apply everything they’ve heard about other types of wisteria to kentucky wisteria. While there are different types of wisteria and some of them do have different care requirements than others, most of these myths can be dismissed because compared to kentucky wisteria, they just don’t grow as big or bloom as often. Kentucky wisteria is an outlier in the wisteria world.
Other types such as Japanese wisteria can get very large but just aren’t in the same league when it comes to flowering.
If you have heard anything else about wisteria that you are wondering about, drop me an email and I’ll do my best to address it!
Sources & references used in this article:
Wisteria in the Garden by M Caron, T Beddes, G Judd – 2015 – digitalcommons.usu.edu
Plants not favored by deer by LG Jull – 2001 – oclw.org
… IN THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT: THE STORY OF CATESBY’S CLIMBER OR THE CAROLINA KIDNEY BEAN TREE, WISTERIA FRUTESCENS Leguminosae … by JA Compton – Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, 2015 – Wiley Online Library