4ft Wisteria Trellis | 18L Trough | 'Wisteria frutescens 'Longwood Purple'

Code: PL800818L
4ft Wisteria Trellis | 18L Trough | 'Wisteria frutescens 'Longwood Purple'
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4ft Wisteria Trellis | 18L Trough | 'Wisteria frutescens 'Longwood Purple'

American wisteria with compact racemes ideal for growing up walls

Wisteria frutescens ‘Longwood Purple’ is an American Wisteria with some distinctions from the various Asian cultivars. The flowers, which hang like bunches of purple grapes bloom from May, a little later, to accompany the summer garden. After its first initial, heavy bloom ‘Longwood Purple’ proceeds to flower in a more sporadic fashion throughout the remaining summer.‘Longwood Purple’ is a perfect plant to train along a weathered wall or a colourless pagoda. The lilac flowers also looks splendid hanging from an archway making it a fantastic decorative piece of screening in the garden. The plant will prefer a sunny, sheltered position for the heaviest blooms.Primrose instant climbing plants are provided fully covering the trellis for instant impact when added to your garden. Just drop them into place either in the ground or in a container and prepare to marvel at your living screening. Incorporate into your garden design to cleverly compartmentalise your outdoor space creating areas for dining, walkways or even hide an unsightly feature.

Variety Information

Flowering Period May/June
Flower Colour Purple
Scented No
Best Location florinbuda varieties with long racemes tend to look best growing up pergolas, while species with shorter racemes look best growing up walls. Wall
Twining Anti-Clockwise
Suitable For Shade Only light shade
Features Repeat Flowering

Size Information

Supplied As 18L Pot
Height on Arrival 2m (6ft)
Growth Rate Very Fast (Up to 3m Annually)
Eventual Height & Spread Eventual size depends on both environmental and genetic conditions. 10m x 4m (30 x 14ft)
Optional Extras Selected items will be included with your purchase

As we recommend with all plants, it is key to regularly water newly planted plants in the months after planting. With wisteria, you'll need to set up supports prior to planting.

With pergolas be sure to use quality timber, either treated softwood or hardwood, and ensure the posts and crosspieces are thick enough to support a mature vine. Where you are not growing wisteria, cement the posts for extra support. You'll need to run galvanised wire up the length of the posts to support the stems as they grow. (Simply tie them in.) Use eye hooks to provide space for circulation and growth. Once the vine has grown over the top, and is stable, the wire can be removed. You can encourage branching at the top by pruning off the tips.

With walls, run galvanised wire horizontally across the wall at multiple heights, tying in vines where appropriate, just like you would for an espalier. Eye hooks provide space for circulation and growth. A tree stake can be used to provide extra support and may necessary if you are growing up a fence.

Ensure you plant 0.6m (2ft) from the wall/pergola leg as to leave enough space to support a mature vine. Dig a hole, twice the circumference of the pot. Ensure the pot sits roughly level with the soil, with the graft point above the soil. Infill, the remaining space with a mix of compost and garden soil, but do not compress the soil.

In terms of care, watering is important especially during the summer months. They will need a thorough watering twice weekly during dry spells.

For the best blooms, you'll need to prune your wisteria, to ensure it concentrates energy in flowering rather than vegetative growth. You'll also need to reduce vegetative growth to ensure it doesn't become too unruly. To do this, prune after flowering, cutting back this year's growth to 6 inches. Prune the same growth again in late winter, reducing them to three to five buds. Make sure, you don't prune off this year's growth entirely, as wisteria flowers on the previous year's growth.

Your wisteria will be sent directly from the grower, in the heart of England, to your doorstep. This approach means that you get a nursery fresh plant which was on the growing table one day and at your door the next. Our expert climber nursery has spent decades perfecting the art of watering feeding and pruning climbers and will do so until hours before it is packed. We see this as a real advantage over garden centres, where plants can be left unattended for weeks on end, or even other mail order companies that despatch from fulfillment sites.

This plant is grown on a cane and expertly packaged into a specially designed, extra thick cardboard box, which holds the plant in place, and sent through a delicate courier network to prevent any chance of damage in transit.

Wisteria plants are easy to grow. Below we address some common queries:

  • Position: Wisteria plants require full sun. Only sinensis varieties are suitable for light shade. As a rule, wisteria species with long racemes look best growing up pergolas, while species with short racemes look best growing up walls. We recommend you buy floribunda varieties for pergolas and sinensis, brachybotrys and frutescens varieties for walls for this reason. Lastly, as wisterias form thick woody roots, we recommend you plant only once, and do not move from place to place.
  • Soil Types: Wisteria is part of the legume family and is therefore able to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere, and therefore does not need fertilising as much as other plants. Wisteria will thrive in any soil, providing it is not compacted or waterlogged.
  • Hardiness: Wisteria originate from North America, China and Japan, which have colder winters than the UK, and are henceforth fully hardy.

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