What size wood do you think I'd be safe with? Would I be fine if I made a trellis out of 2x2's held together with wood screws and wood glue? Or is that too small even.MaineDesigner wrote:On the positive side Lonicera x 'Dropmore Scarlet' was a good choice. I have not worked with the 'Blue Moon' selection but I do have experience with the straight species Wisteria marcostachys in Minnesota.
Now the bad news. Your trellises are (IMO) too small and too lightweight for woody vines. Especially in the case of the Wisteria I strongly urge you to consider something much larger and stronger, probably made from pressure treated wood.
Excluding clematis and occasionally Lonicera sempervirens or Lonicera x heckrotti or Aristolochia I generally do not use vines. I have seen far too many examples of vines getting away from the property owners, all it takes is a season or two of neglect. Virginia Creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, left unchecked, is decidedly not "tree safe" per both my own observations and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Well I guess I'll just have to figure it out when it comes to that, I figure though by the time that happens nobody from my family will be living here anymore. I was thinking though, might the Blue Moon species not grow as crazy as the Sinensis? I'm going to go forward assuming it will grow like the Sinensis, but maybe it won't?The Helpful Gardener wrote:Right AS, somewhere in that range is about right, and 2 x 2's should be good for honeysuckle; nowhere near the gorilla like grip of Wisteria sinensis...
Our [url=https://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=WIFR]native form[/url]is much better behaved, but not much available int the trade... shame, as it would seem to be a better garden plant...IF you can get by "Big Flower" thinking...
Dec, I'm not worried about now when you are young. This plant used to be easier to take care of here than it is now. As we continue warming up, this one will get worse and worse. It will be pretty, to be sure. But I've gotten wrecked by pretty before, y'know?