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We ship all plants usps priority mail. They arrive to most locations within 2-3 days. We package all plants to retain moisture to up to 10 days in transit. All plants ships from our warehouses in Tennessee. All plants are grown and shipped from out Altamont (zip) 37301 location. We do drop ship for re-sellers also for those wanting to resell our plants.
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All plants are dug and immediately taken to our warehouse and tera-sorb moisture retention gel is applied to the roots and then wrapped in plastic to retain superior moisture for transit. They are placed in corogated cardboard shipping boxes for protection when shipped
Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Upon receipt of your plants, unpack and unwrap the roots and mist with water. Plant within 24-48 hours. If you can not plant within this time frame, put your plants in a cool location (ex- basement, garage or cellar) and water the roots daily. Cover them back up with the plastic so they will not dry out until you can plant them. After planted, water every evening after the sun goes down for 5 days.
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Wisteria Plants Have Draping Blooms In Early to Mid Spring
Wisteria 101: A Guide to Gorgeous Vines
Wisteria plants make a beautiful backdrop for arbors and trellis due to their long clusters of blooms and a heady fragrance to match, wisteria vines grow quickly and vigorously, requiring little upkeep beyond an annual pruning.
There are several varieties of wisteria plants on the market, with bloom colors ranging from white to pink, and of course, the more familiar lilac-blue. When buying a wisteria vine, be sure to check with your local nursery staff to make sure that the variety you’ve chosen will handle the cooler months where you live; most varieties will do well in USDA hardiness zones five through eight, but a few are more sensitive.
When choosing where to plant wisteria, keep in mind that it prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It does best as a feature planting in a lawn or near a patio where it can be kept from strangling other plants. The vines must be trained on some kind of sturdy support; arbors, pergolas, and fences make good options but feel free to get creative. Just keep in mind that you will need to have easy access to keep the vines maintained; if left unpruned, vines can grow heavy enough to collapse their supports. Make sure you also have access to the base of the vine so you can remove any “sucker” vines that may sprout there.
Prune your wisteria plants throughout the growing season to keep them shaped. The goal is with shaping is to maintain a single leader vine with offshoots about a foot and a half apart. Clip or pinch away new growth as it appears in unwanted locations. Before winter sets in, give the vine a heavier pruning. Remove any dead shoots, clear out spaces where vines are crowding one another, and cut back the side shoots to about twelve inches away from the leader vine. This will promote vigorous growth and blooming in the spring.
This vine/shrub is known as Blue Moon and makes a great draping coverage for an outdoor plant home.
In June, this vine/shrub blooms beautiful pea-like blue flowers. In addition to the blooming in June, during the summer, additional blooming flushes this vine. In autumn, the pod-like flowers on the shrub ripe, and they continue on into the winter season. The deep green leaves on this plant have approximately nine ovate leaflets per leaf for a beautiful addition to the Blue Moonflowers that exist throughout the vine/shrub.
This particular type of vine/shrub is a less aggressive grower than other wisterias. It can grow its flowers in about two to three years after planting, which can be slow, but well worth the wait.
Scientific Name: Wisteria macrostachya
USDA Climate Zone: Four to nine
Tree Height: Fifteen to twenty-five feet
Tree Spread: Four to eight feet
Soil Type: Medium moisture, well-drained soil
Sun: Full Sun
The Blue Moon vine is especially famous for it's strong, beautiful fragrance to go along with its lovely blue-violet flowers.
The Blue Moon vine is a great investment to a fence/gate, porch, wall, and many other outdoor spaces. It is important to plant this vine/shrub in a steady area to help the vine grow to its greatest ability.
Wisteria Plants Are Highly Floral and Fragrant
Blue Wisteria-Wisteria frutescens
Blue Wisteria/Wisteria frutescens is a vine that is incredibly beautiful when in full bloom. There is a variety of Blue Wisteria; the Chinese and Japanese ones are invasive, so if one is planting a new wisteria for the first time, go with the American wisteria as it is not an aggressive grower. Wisteria vines can grow up to 30 feet long under the right conditions, and blooms in spring with large clusters of drooping flowers in color bluish purple or lilac. The flowers are wonderfully fragrant.
Vines do well in well-drained soil that is moist and fertile and needs to be planted in full sun. If the soil is not ideal, use compost and plant Blue Wisteria in the spring or the fall. To plant, dig a hole as deep as the plant’s root ball, and 2 to 3 times as wide. If planting more than one vine, space plants 10 to 15 feet apart. Since wisteria vine grows vigorously, it is best to make sure that you plant the vine away from other plants, as it could take it over.
In order to get the best flowering, pruning is key. For new wisteria plants, prune the vine back aggressively, and next year cut the main stem or stems back to three feet of the previous season’s growth. Once the framework of the vine is fully grown, shorten further growth in midsummer to where the growth is for the current season. When the vine is, further along, prune late in the winter, removing at least half of the year’s prior growth, and once plants are fully grown, severe pruning is not needed.
Depending on which variety of wisteria is available, it can be grown in Zones 4-9. Diseases and pests that can plague wisteria are aphids, Japanese beetles, leaf minors, dieback, virus diseases, leaf spots, crown gall, scale insects, and mealybugs. With a bit of care, the Blue Wisteria can bring years of beauty and color.