Gardening

I love to garden and want to share my gardening tips, gardening advice, and garden know-how with you! Gardening topics include easy gardening ideas for beginners, gardening ideas for longtime gardeners, how to grow plants, how to grow flowers, how to grow herbs, vegetable gardening, how to fix gardening problems, advice on gardening tools and gardening supplies, and more!

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil mixes 101.


This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techniques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil mixes 101.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening

I removed the last of the herbs from the ground, and am now all potted-up. The weather this year has been cooler than normal. We have had a very, very long spring. In my lifetime, I have never seen such a spring in Western New York. Spring basically started the second week in March, and has been 40°s, 50°s, and low-60°s through the third week in May. We are finally drifting more regularly into the 70°s, but it has been a long haul. We have had a few 80°+ days, but not many. And the rain… oh my, the rain. While we have not had it as rough as the Midwest, it has been pretty soggy here, to say the least.

Hubby and I have also been quite sick with some sort of crud that has been going around in the area for the last few months. If you get my newsletter, you know how bad it was. The weather, combined with my illness, gave me a very late planting start in 2019. I didn’t get everything planted until after Memorial Day, so three weeks later than normal.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


And finally, Hubby and I are traveling in September and October, so that means everything outside at our house has to be packed away by Labor Day. I do not plan on coming home for Halloween and have to head to the backyard to put away plants, summer furniture, and the bazillion little lawn decorations I have (above is a small sample, I’ve got a problem!)

With all that in mind, I really thought hard about what fast-growing vegetables to plant. I decided to go heavy on flowers, lighter on vegetables, and very light on the herbs for a different look in the backyard.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


This is my patio for this year. I added a bit more “garden art”!

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


Some of this is artwork from Florida, local New York State artists, and some were picked up at Big Lots. It is an eclectic mix.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


I have chalk (in the Tim Horton’s Birdhouse), bubbles, and balls for when the kids come over. It is odd to have young ones around again after so many years without them. My youngest niece is now 27 (Sonny-boy is over 30!), so not so young anymore. The “children” are having children. **sigh** I wish Sonny-boy would get with the program.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


I potted a LOT of flowers this year, and some I purchased already potted. Those above were already potted.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


These are some of the flower baskets I made up.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


Last year I purchased a stand at a local garden center. It was what I kept my cabbage on. Well, it was looking kinda beat when I hauled it out of the shed this year, and so I spray painted it to brighten it up!

First I used the Rust-Oleum Stops Rust Spray Paint (yup the auto primer) and allowed it to dry. Then I sprayed on a Bright Copper – also from Rust-Oleum. It looks amazing, and it only took about 90 minutes from start to finish to bring new life to that old outdoor shelving.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


And speaking of sheds, Hubby put this up last year. We got it at Home Depot, it is a Rubbermaid shed and it went together fairly smoothly. After one winter, I will say it held up well. The latch is rusted a bit, which is disappointing. I probably should have sealed it first.

Hubby still has to skirt the bottom. My brother (the exterminator) said to do all four sides so no critter decides takes up residence underneath there without having to put a real effort into their new home. I need to get Hubby on it because if skunks end up being the residents, Hubby will be the one trapping them and getting them out.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


My wheelbarrow is sporting a purple and white mixture of flowers this year. I am trying to attract hummingbirds again. We get them every year, but the more purple flowers I have, the more that come.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


And we have a hummingbird feeder on our tree, and the owls watch over them.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


Vegetables I am Growing:

• Green Beans (earth box) both yellow and green
• Cucumbers (earth box)
• Peas
• Cherry Tomatoes
• Lettuce (garden soil bags)
• Spinach (garden soil bags)
• Mustard Greens (garden soil bags)
• Jerusalem Artichokes (this is alllll Hubby)

I chose the vegetables I did for an early harvest. We can freeze the peas and the green beans, Hubby wants the mustard greens for soup, and the spinach will be done early as it bolts with the heat.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


I am doing the bagged vegetable growing again this year. This is where I planted the lettuce, mustard greens, and spinach. As you can see, everything is very behind last year’s pace, but I again I am three weeks behind in my planting.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


Herbs I am Growing:

Cilantro
• Oregano
Basil
• Rosemary (in the kitchen)

Rosemary is not considered very hearty for this area. I decided to keep it in the kitchen for a while, at least until the hot weather of July happens.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


Flowers I am Growing:

• I made up a lot of pots with various purple, pink, yellow, and white flowers. I want to attract bees and humingbirds, so concentrated on flowers for that. Included in my pots are dusty millers, spikes, salvia, vinca, alyssum, etc. for filler and depth. I’ll be doing some long posts on the various flowers I purchased later this year and early next year. In pink and purple I have petunia hybrids. In purple, nemesia, and scopia. In pink, calibrachoa, and in yellow, osteospermum.

In my fabulous garden tower I am growing spiller flowers this year. Should be beautiful come August when I have to pull them out early. {heavy sigh}

I spent a fortune on flowers this year! Normally, I only get a few hanging baskets and a few potted flowers for the patio. This year, I went bonkers. And my pocketbook reflected that. I bought trays upon trays to plant, and ended up with 11 potted patio plantings (plus the tower), plus sunflowers. While the flowers cost far more than any plant seedlings I have ever purchased, I must say that even in the early growth stages, the patio looks, and smells, amazing!

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


Soil Mixtures for Potted Plants:

The earth boxes followed these directions: earth box set-up I have not really deviated from those instructions since I started using them in 2014. These are for my beans, cucumbers, and herbs.

Jerusalem Artichoke Soil Mixure:

The Jerusalem artichokes are planted in pots. They have the ability to take over a garden, so Hubby didn’t want to chance it. The pots were planted as follows:

• A scoop of drainage rocks not covering any drainage holes.
½ Miracle Grow Potting Soil
• ½ Garden Soil
• A layer (yes, a layer) of Garden-tone Vegetable Food

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


Sunflower Soil Mixure:

The half and half mixture is due to the length of the artichokes and not wanting the pot to tip over.

The sunflowers are planted in pots. I was going to plant them on the side of the garden shed, but Hubby needs to skirt it, and I didn’t want them crushed or distrubed. The garden shed ended up with a rock border instead.

• A scoop of drainage rocks not covering any drainage holes.
• ½ Garden Soil
• ½ Miracle Grow Potting Soil
Plant Food

The half and half mixture is due to the same reason as the artichokes – some heavy soil so they do not tip over from the height of the flower.

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


Peas Soil Mixure:

Miracle Grow Potting Soil
Garden-tone Vegetable Food

Potting Soil Mixtures for Container Gardening. This year I am once again container gardening. I have listed all the best soil mixtures  for potted plants, best potting soil mixtures for herbs, and best soil mixtures for my vegetables. I am also sharing the planting techinques I used to plant my vegetables, herbs, and flowers in containers! Gardening potting soil 101 mixes.


Flower Pot Soil Mixure:

Miracle Grow Potting Soil
Plant Food

While I do use the Miracle Grow Potting Soil I also feed the plants (vegetables, herbs, and flowers) too.

Are you gardening this year? Containers, in-ground, or a mix of the two? How is your garden growing?


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11 Fast Growing Vegetables for Your Garden

11 Fast Growing Vegetables for Your Garden. There are a lot of vegetables that take a much shorter time than you would think to grow from planting until they are ready to harvest. These quick growing vegetables can be stagnated throughout your growing season, or planted all at once for a bountiful harvest!


There are a lot of vegetables that take a much shorter time than you would think to grow from planting until they are ready to harvest. These quick growing vegetables can be stagnated throughout your growing season, or planted all at once for a bountiful harvest!

11 Fast Growing Vegetables for Your Garden

If you are starting your own vegetable garden, you might be impatient with the growing period of many of your plants. Tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant are known for their longer than average plant-to harvest growing times. You may want to plant some faster-growing vegetables along with those slow growers so you can have fresh vegetables through your growing season.

One of the first things you want to do when planning on planting a new crop is to consult the US Growing Zone map. This will help you plant the right vegetables that will grow in your specific area of the country.

I have an issue this year: due to my fall travel obligations, I needed some fast-growing vegetable plants for my garden. My growing season is condensed, so I wanted to make the most of it! I bought a cherry tomato plant already fully grown and showing fruit, but for the rest, I needed to be certain I’d be around to harvest, eat, and/or freeze what was produced.

11 Fast Growing Vegetables for Your Garden. There are a lot of vegetables that take a much shorter time than you would think to grow from planting until they are ready to harvest. These quick growing vegetables can be stagnated throughout your growing season, or planted all at once for a bountiful harvest!


I chose to grow green beans (60 days), and I hurried it along a bit by buying seedlings. Same for my peas (45 days). I am growing sugar snap peas, as well as regular old sweet peas. I am also growing lettuce, mustard greens, and spinach.

If you want to start a garden for kids or have kids helping you in the garden you might want to opt for at least a few veggies that grow faster so that they do not lose interest. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced gardener, plant some fast-growing vegetables so that you can have a variety of fresh food options during the spring, summer, and fall months.

Here are 11 fast-growing vegetables for the impatient gardener. Growing these vegetables at different times of the year means you get to enjoy a harvest all year round.

Arugula

This vegetable is a favorite for a reason. It has a great flavor, with a slightly peppery taste, and is a popular alternative to basil in pesto and also for use in salads.

Arugula is known by the name rocket because of the speed at which it grows (35-40 days to harvest). Sow the seeds directly in the ground and once the leaves are large enough (2-3″), you can harvest for salads or cooking.

If you want to continue to grow your arugula during the summer months, plant them in a shadier spot so you can prevent it from going to seed too quickly, thus ending its bountiful harvest.

11 Fast Growing Vegetables for Your Garden. There are a lot of vegetables that take a much shorter time than you would think to grow from planting until they are ready to harvest. These quick growing vegetables can be stagnated throughout your growing season, or planted all at once for a bountiful harvest!


Mustard Greens

Mustard Greens are surprisingly spicy, with a unique peppery flavor. They have shallow root systems and grow quickly from seed (45 day seed to harvest). Easy to grow, they are wonderful in fresh salads, or soups! You may even want to grow mustard greens to feed your pet lizard.

Mustard greens are a good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Spice up your salad and grow mustard greens this year!

Learn more about growing mustard greens the fast and easy way here: How to Grow Vegetables in Garden Soil Bags

Cress

Cress is another unique green vegetable that is currently gaining popularity is cress. Cress has a peppery flavor and is as easy to grow as arugula. This vegetable is grown throughout the spring or fall (24-30 days until harvest).

Sow the seeds directly outdoors and harvest the plants as soon as the leaves are about 2 inches in size. You can sow seeds every week for a continuous harvest. However, if the temperature in the area in which you grow them is too hot, the taste of the plant may be more peppery.

11 Fast Growing Vegetables for Your Garden. There are a lot of vegetables that take a much shorter time than you would think to grow from planting until they are ready to harvest. These quick growing vegetables can be stagnated throughout your growing season, or planted all at once for a bountiful harvest!


Cucumbers

Cucumbers are very versatile plants. They are not only delicious when added to soups and vegetable stir fry, they can also be eaten fresh in salads or on their own.

Cukes are a great addition to any meal. But did you know that it is also a fast-growing vegetable? Cucumbers can grow about six weeks. When planting them, since cucumbers like to spread out, you should give them plenty of space to grow or build a trellis and let them vine up.

I grow a lot of cucumbers. You can see it for yourself in this invasion of the cucumbers post!

Kale

Kale likes cooler weather. You can plant in early spring, or in late summer for a nice fall harvest. Kale (depending on the variety) will continue to grow until the snow flies. Like many leafy vegetables, it is a great source of vitamin A and vitamin C.

It is easy to start planting kale directly outdoors but you need to give them plenty of water as drought can produce bitter-tasting kale. Check your variety before purchasing and planting. While some kale may be ready in under 60 days, other varieties may have an 80 harvest – and those extra few weeks can lead to foot-tapping by an anxious gardener. Check the seeds before planting!

When harvesting, start from the outside of the bunch and you will continue to enjoy produce for several weeks.

11 Fast Growing Vegetables for Your Garden. There are a lot of vegetables that take a much shorter time than you would think to grow from planting until they are ready to harvest. These quick growing vegetables can be stagnated throughout your growing season, or planted all at once for a bountiful harvest!


Lettuce

Another versatile vegetable is lettuce. There are a lot of varieties to choose from, each with a different flavor and crunch.

But the great thing about this vegetable is that it grows well in colder temperatures, meaning you can have a fresh salad in the cooler months of the year. It also does not take a very long time to get a good harvest. In fact, lettuce can be harvested in just 30-40 days. As always, variety dependent. There are so many lettuce choices though, you can find one you love that produces early, and with proper cutting, you can enjoy all season long.

Learn more about growing lettuce the fast and easy way here: How to Grow Vegetables in Garden Soil Bags

Beets

Did you know that other than the beetroot, the leaves of beets are very tasty, too?

Beets are a great vegetable to grow, especially if you want a harvest in a hurry. They can grow during the spring or fall. Beets can withstand a little heat, but not the full heat of the summer. You can harvest the beets in about 50 days. The green, leafy vegetable tops will be ready to be eaten in just 30 days. There are a ton of different types of beets, however, so check with the growing instructions to get the beets that will grow fastest in your area.

11 Fast Growing Vegetables for Your Garden. There are a lot of vegetables that take a much shorter time than you would think to grow from planting until they are ready to harvest. These quick growing vegetables can be stagnated throughout your growing season, or planted all at once for a bountiful harvest!


Peas

Depending on the variety you choose, peas are cool weather hearty and can be harvested in 45 days. Last year we picked directly from the vines and ate most of them before they got in the house. People would come over and eat them as a snack right off the vines! While we froze the leftovers, the taste of fresh from the vine peas cannot be beat.

Look for sugar snap peas (edible pods), snow peas (edible pods), and sweet peas (inedible pods, so you shell them). Because different parts of the country have different weather patterns, this article is great for knowing when to plant in your specific area.

11 Fast Growing Vegetables for Your Garden. There are a lot of vegetables that take a much shorter time than you would think to grow from planting until they are ready to harvest. These quick growing vegetables can be stagnated throughout your growing season, or planted all at once for a bountiful harvest!


Radish

Radishes are one of the fastest vegetables to grow. They also have very simple requirements to grow, as well.

Like other vegetables, you need to plant the seeds in good quality soil. In about 25 to 30 days, you can look forward to your first harvest. Make sure to keep planting them every week or so, so that you can have a continuous harvest.

Learn more about growing radishes the fast and easy way here: How to Grow Vegetables in Garden Soil Bags

11 Fast Growing Vegetables for Your Garden. There are a lot of vegetables that take a much shorter time than you would think to grow from planting until they are ready to harvest. These quick growing vegetables can be stagnated throughout your growing season, or planted all at once for a bountiful harvest!


Spinach

Spinach is a favorite for many reasons, it’s fast and easy to grow, and can be used raw or cooked in many recipes.

Directly sow the seeds in good quality soil. Then just water and wait for them to grow. In just 4 to 6 weeks, you will have fresh spinach waiting for your culinary delight.

Learn more about growing spinach the fast and easy way here: How to Grow Vegetables in Garden Soil Bags

Summer Squash

One of the best vegetables to enjoy during the hot summer season is summer squash. Summer squash is delicious, it is easy to grow, and it produces quickly, as well (40-50 days until harvest).

Planting summer squash is simple: Just sow the seeds, water them, then wait for them to grow.

But make sure to harvest your summer squash while they are young as they produce a better, sweeter flavor.


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How to Grow and Care for Wisteria

Purple wisteria on vine


Anyone who sees wisteria in a garden will quickly appreciate its beauty. The cluster of purple, pink, blue, and/or white blooms are not only attractive to look at, they also give off a sweet fragrance that perfumes the entire garden. Growing wisteria is a fairly easy task, but does require some maintenance so it does not take over your entire yard. Here’s some information on how to grow and properly care for your wisteria!

How to Grow and Care for Wisteria

Note: without proper care, your wisteria can knock down trellis and fences, kill your plants and trees, and even take over the roof of your house! Wisteria loves to climb, so you do need to care for your wisteria.

Where to Plant Wisteria

Wisteria Location Is Important

The most important factor to consider when you are planting wisteria is the location. Since wisteria is a twining vine, it requires a sturdy support and regular pruning is needed to keep everything under control. “>

An open area which is surrounded by a lawn that can easily be mowed is ideal for growing wisteria. Position your plant in a place where it can get an ample amount of sunlight, at least six hours a day.

Even though wisteria can grow in partial shade, they will not bloom, so it is essential to choose a sunny area of you want to experience its full beauty.

The ideal places where your wisteria will thrive are:

● A sunny spot with at least six hours of sunlight on a daily basis.
● An area which is easily accessible.
● Near a strong arch or pergola.
● On an aluminum fence.

How to Grow and Care for Wisteria. Anyone who sees wisteria in a garden will quickly appreciate its beauty. The cluster of purple, pink, blue, and/or white blooms are not only attractive to look at, they also give off a sweet fragrance that perfumes the entire garden. Growing wisteria is a fairly easy task, but does require some maintenance so it does not take over your entire yard. Here's some information on how to grow and properly care for your wisteria!


When to Plant Wisteria

The best time to plant wisteria is during spring or fall.

Since this plant does not fair well in the cold season, make sure that the area receives plenty of sunlight.

Type of Soil to Use When Planting Wisteria

Wisteria plants can do well in most types of soil. However, it requires enough nutrients to sustain it.

It can tolerate most soil conditions but the vine requires deep and rich soil that is moist.

If your soil is in poor condition, fertilize it using organic compost.

How to Plant Wisteria

Once you are ready to plant, dig a hole just as deep as the existing root ball. It should measure about 2 to 3 times as wide as the root ball.

Since wisteria grows fast and tends to spread, make sure to plant them at least ten to fifteen feet apart giving your wisteria plenty of room to grow.

How to Fertilize Wisteria

Feed your wisteria plant by giving it a layer of organic compost. To keep the moisture in and discourage weeds and pests, apply a two-inch layer of mulch around the plant.

If you are planting wisteria during autumn, you can help prepare your plant for winter by amending the soil with one to two cups of soft rock phosphate. You can also use bone meal.

How to Water Wisteria

Like many perennials, wisteria only needs regular watering during the first few weeks after planting, until they are well established. After that, you only need to water your plant during the dry periods. During dry spells or drought, water your plants at least once a week until the soil is completely moist.

How to Prune Wisteria

Pruning the vines of your wisteria plant is a game changer in making or breaking your plant.

One thing to keep in mind in planting wisteria is that it can propagate and get out of hand quickly, which is why pruning and training your plant is important.

Prune your plants in late winter. Remove at least half of the year’s growth and leave a few buds.

To avoid your wisteria plants growing out of hand and to encourage a good flowering, here are some things that you can do:

● Select an upright stem and attach it to the support of your choice.
● Cut back the rampant shoots every two weeks during the summer season.
● If you notice a new wisteria sprouting, cut the vine back immediately after planting. The next year, cut the main stem or stems back to 3 feet of the previous season.
● If you want a formally trained plant, cut the side shoots back to 6 inches during summer then shorten them again to 3 buds during winter.

How to Grow and Care for Wisteria. Anyone who sees wisteria in a garden will quickly appreciate its beauty. The cluster of purple, pink, blue, and/or white blooms are not only attractive to look at, they also give off a sweet fragrance that perfumes the entire garden. Growing wisteria is a fairly easy task, but does require some maintenance so it does not take over your entire yard. Here's some information on how to grow and properly care for your wisteria!


Common Problems When Planting Wisteria

Wisteria Pests and Diseases

The problems that you might face when growing wisterias are:

● Japanese beetles
● Leaf miners
● Plant scale insects
● Wingless, sucking mealybugs
● Aphids
● Leaf spots
● Crown gall
● Viral diseases

Can You Grow Wisterias In Pots Or Containers?

Yes, you can grow wisteria in pots or containers. If you want to grow wisteria in a pot, just be sure to transplant it into a larger container then what it came in when you purchased it.

As the plant grows and develops, you will need to repot it.

Growing wisteria in a pot is easy if you use a single set plant as it is easier to train just one trunk. If you have limited space and container gardening is your only option, here is how you can grow a wisteria plant in a pot or container:

1. Get a pot that is slightly larger than the original container your plant came in.
2. Install a sturdy stick or stake as tall as the plant you are planting.
3. Tie the stem of the wisteria to the support as it grows. Once the stem gets to the top of the support, remove the tip. Your plant will start to branch out in a rounded shape.
4. Every winter, trim the shoots.

What to Do If My Wisteria Will Not Bloom?

Wisterias are notorious for taking a long time to start blooming. It might take several years for a wisteria plant to become well-established enough to bloom.

Lack of sunlight, not enough water, too much water, too much nitrogen in the soil, any of these could be the culprit. The most likely cause is too much nitrogen. You can either add phosphorus to the soil to help balance it out, or you can try “root pruning”.

You can try to damage about half of the roots and the bush will start flowering. Grab a shovel and drive it 8 to 10 inches into the ground and about 3 feet away from the main trunk to slice into the roots all around it. Just be sure to stay at least 3 feet away from the trunk so you don’t kill it.

Hopefully that should be enough to cause it to start blooming.

If you choose the right location and care for your wisteria correctly, you can keep the plant under control. Once you see your plants in full bloom, you will revel in the beauty your wisteria plants will provide.

Like garden flowers? You may want to read up on caring for some of these great flowers for your garden:

How to Grow and Care for Bromeliads – Bromeliad plant care and growth; how to grow and care for Bromeliads! Learn how to take care of your bromeliad plant and how to maintain a long lasting collection of bromeliad plants with fairly low maintenance using the tips in this post.

Impatiens Flowers: Tips for Growing Impatiens – Impatiens are the perfect plant for those limited on space, sun, and time. They are one of the most forgiving plants you can grow, and can quickly add a pop to color to even the smallest of growing spaces. If you are curious about growing impatiens, look below at some helpful growing tips. You will find that these tips for growing impatiens can help you achieve the yard of your dreams!

10 Tips for Growing Daylilies – If you are a gardener on a budget, daylilies are one of the best plants you can grow. A small investment in daylilies will give you blooms for many years to come, and these quick growing plants can fill your yard up fast. Daylilies are fairly simple to grow too. Look below at some helpful tips for growing daylilies, and see why this is a plant you should add to your yard this year!


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