Do you have any suggestions for directing wisteria away from house?


We have some earthquake damage to our chimney, and the wisteria keeps creeping Into it. So we directed it away temporarily and now have this mess at our front door. Right now it is supported by wire, but I know that wont last (one wire broke, which is why it is droopping.) I need an EASY DIY project. Inexpensive too, of course. ;)

q any suggestions for directing wisteria away from house
  18 answers
  • Deb K Deb K on Apr 10, 2019

    Hello, he ideal way to grow wisterias against a wall is to train them as an espalier, with horizontal support wires (3mm galvanised steel) set 45cm (18") apart. Alternatively, you can train them onto a sturdy pergola, or even onto a tree, run the wires where you want the plant to grow, this should help keep it out of the chimney

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Apr 10, 2019

    put some small eye bolts on the wall in a path where you would like it to go and run some baling wire or coated wire up to the eye bolts for the Wisteria to hold onto you can put several eye bolts in to direct it in a pattern add some silicone caulk to the bolt before putting into your house so it creates a water tight seal. Up past window then out into fan shape above window would look really nice,when Wisteria gets to height you want it to stop cut it off then it will get bushier on bottom.

  • Dmholt4391 Dmholt4391 on Apr 10, 2019

    It may be reaching for whatever sun is available to it so you'll have to restrain it to wherever you want it to be. Probably folks at your local home improvement store will be able to help you to figure it all out.

  • Michelle Baumeister Michelle Baumeister on Apr 11, 2019

    Don't have an answer for you, but wanted to tell you I am so jealous of your beautiful wisteria! I've had one for a decade and the bloom I got was one 3 inch one.

  • Karen Brunck Karen Brunck on Apr 11, 2019

    Hi Ali. I love wisteria. I have several growing here, no longer growing on my house. You may want to transplant it away from your house onto a sturdy fence or arbor. The damage it can eventually do is comparable to an earthquake! The vine is extremely strong as are the extensive roots. Both can easily find their way into any tiny crack and cause damage to your walls and foundation. I learned my lesson the hard way!😢

  • Sharon R Sharon R on Apr 11, 2019

    Move it. It truly is placed in an awkward position for it to climb anywhere except the chimney.

  • Sue Klinedinst Sue Klinedinst on Apr 11, 2019

    If it is going toward the sun it will probably always go that way. Best to dig and move it to a better spot. Or take a cutting and start a new one where you want it and then cut this one way back.

  • Rymea Rymea on Apr 11, 2019

    Karen gave you good advice. I speak from experience. They can grow 60 feet long and 30 feet wide. There is one in california that covers an acre.

  • Tanne Tanne on Apr 11, 2019

    Wisteria is beautiful but, it is a invasive plant .wisteria will cover any thing, trees, fences or even homes. It's roots run under ground seems like for miles and will destroy a septic tank. Here in nc we have seen it cover woodlands and choke out trees. Beware.

  • Granny Granny on Apr 11, 2019

    I made many wreathes from my wisteria. This plant wants sun and will grow toward it. It doesn't matter what gets in it's way. Unless you want a pergola in your back yard, transplant this poor thing to where it will be happy. One hint I learned, you can take the vines and gently redirect them back to the center and then let them grow out again. It will make your plant look more lush and no so anemic.................

  • Twyla J Boyer Twyla J Boyer on Apr 11, 2019

    Your wisteria is gorgeous and I am super jealous since I have never been able to grow the stuff.

    So a strong arbor or pergola would be ideal, of course, but you said cheap and easy, so I am wondering if you could use a couple of old step ladders from a thrift store or something and a straight ladder or even the side of an old crib to make a sort of rigged pergola for the wisteria to climb. It would be unusual, but could be rather wonderful, I think.

  • Jo Jo on Apr 11, 2019

    Wisteria is a very invasive plant. I would move it away from the house.

  • Teresa Teresa on Apr 11, 2019

    I agree with all the people who say move it, My father use to tell me how wisteria can remove a roof with just 2 years of growth. I trust him a lot he has seen a lot in 73 years.

  • JudyH JudyH on Apr 11, 2019

    Move it away from your house. Be sure to DIG out all the roots (won't be easy!) If you must grow it on your property, put it in double stacked plastic trash cans and plant the cans. That will assure it won't spread underground. Do not put your newly planted specimen near any structures or trees. Choose a free standing arbor. Because of its strength and rapid growth it can pull a structure down! It's very pretty but, trust me, it is a nightmare right on up there with bamboo and kudzu.

  • Darla Darla on Apr 12, 2019

    The folks here who say this plant is invasive are correct. It is beautiful but it grows super fast and will cover and smother a tree. It will use its roots to attach itself to your chimney, siding and roof allowing it to grow inside the chimney, under the shingles and inside your house. I saw one from a neighbors house grow in waves across their yard towards another house where it grew up the chain link fence and smothered the neighbors cherry tree. It is like kudzu, Virginia Creeper, wild grapes and ivy so cut it down and keep cutting it down for the roots will keep it growing for a long time. Sorry but while beautiful it is a difficult to control and needs to be ruthlessly restricted.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 01, 2021

    Build a fence or wall and re-direct it!

  • Betsy Betsy on Oct 01, 2021

    Hi Ali: You may be able to make an arch around your window and train your beautiful Wisteria around that so that it frames your window. Here's a neat site that talks about training Wisteria plants that may help you:

    Good luck and sorry to hear about your earthquake. We had one here in Michigan a few years back and I had a patio chair and leaf bag fall over. But, I will rebuild! :)

  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 06, 2021

    Hello, give it a heavy duty trellis to climb on, you will still need to "guide" it but you can train it to wrap on the free standing trellis