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  • Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil. 
  • Ensure placement has full Sun.  Though wisteria will grow in partial shade, it probably won't flower. Sun is essential.
  • If your soil is in poor condition, add compost; otherwise, wisteria will grow in most soils.
  • Plant in the spring or fall.
  • Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide. Space plants 10 to 15 feet apart.
  • Choose a site that will not overwhelm nearby plants as wisteria grows quickly and can overtake other plants.


  • Each spring, apply a layer of compost under the plant and a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds.
  • Some gardeners swear by phosphorus to aid flowering. Scratch a couple of cups of bone meal into the soil in the spring and then add some rock phosphate in the Fall.
  • Water your plants if you receive less than one inch of rain each week. (To know how much rain you are getting, you can place an empty tuna can outside and measure the depth of water with a measuring stick.)

Pruning Wisteria

  • Pruning is the secret to good flowering.
  • Prune wisteria in late winter. Remove at least half of the prior year's growth, leaving just a few buds per stem.
  • If you want a more formal appearance, prune again during summer after traditional flowering.
  • For more blooms, try cutting back the rampant shoots every two weeks during the summer.
  • Do you have a new wisteria? Cut the vine back severely right after planting. Then, the next year, cut the main stem or stems back to 3 feet of the previous season's growth. Once the framework is full size, shorten further extension growth in midsummer to where growth began for that season.
  • Informally grown, mature plants need little or no subsequent pruning.
  • For a formally trained plant, cut side shoots back to 6 inches in summer, then shorten them again in winter to 3 buds.
  • Wisteria will resprout with vigor if cut back severely, but this pruning should be avoided, if possible, because new shoots may take some years before they flower.


  • Dieback, crown gall, leaf spots, virus diseases, Japanese beetle, aphids, leaf miners, scale insects, and mealybugs can be problems.


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Hi Gloria, It's important to

Hi Gloria,
It's important to prune old wisterias. Prune the out of control vine as close to the main stem as possible. You can also dig down and cut part of the root that the vine is attached to. Your wisteria is well established and moderate to heavy pruning will not hurt it.

Hi! I bought a Wisteria

Hi! I bought a Wisteria sinensis last year and its been in a pot since. I'd like to plant it in the front yard, but I'm wondering if the root system would eventually damage our septic tank. If so, how far away from the septic tank should it be planted? Thanks!

Wisteria roots are known to

Wisteria roots are known to have damaged septic systems and lateral lines. Plant the wisteria as far away as you can from your septic system. The roots are extremely strong and vigorous.

I found about a dozen bulb

I found about a dozen bulb type things on top of the ground, scattered underneath my wisteria. They are whiteish in color, 1/2" to 1 1/2" in size, and have an outer skin which is peeling in areas. The larger ones are beefy/ripe looking and resemble a fresh fig in consistency, except for the color. Do the wisteria seeds grow into bulbs before they sprout, or are they some other kind of plant. My wisteria trunk is about 6". I have never seen these bulbs underneath the plant before. Please advise what you think they may be. They are definitely a bulb (not a mushroom).

Wisteria seeds don't turn

Wisteria seeds don't turn into bulbs. If you think they are bulbs plant a few in a container and see what will grow or bring one to a local garden center to see if they can help you identify it.

I just planted a new

I just planted a new wisteria. IT seems to have multiple main stems that want to twine around each other. Should I let them twine around each other and support them from the arbor post or let them twine around the arbor post itself? We got it last summer but didn't get an arbor built and did no pruning of the growth last year.

Hi, Meri, Your wisteria will

Hi, Meri,
Your wisteria will twine (and twine and twine) on the nearest thing/s, including itself (not such a bad thing; this could strengthen the trunk over time). If they don't find the arbor soon, guide them to it with lose ties (string will do; you can cut it off later). Wisteria LOVE to twine and climb. We know of one shoot went about 20 feet under the aluminum siding on a house before it was discovered. Fortunately, because it received no light—but heat!—under there, it was a weak vine and could be pulled (and pulled and pulled) out.

I have a six foot tall fence,

I have a six foot tall fence, about 30 feet long n I want to grow wisteria on it. How many should I buy and how close together do I plant? How do I train them? It's a privacy fence with 4 in wide boards, and 1 in between boards

Hi, Avis, The recommended

Hi, Avis, The recommended spacing is 2 to 3 feet apart. The vines will twine—around themselves and eventually around your fence. If you want to guide them, use string, loosely tied. The 4-inch span is a little wide but with time (and maybe a little help), the vines will find it and them wrap around it—and additional vines will wrap around the original ones.

I also have a wisteria

I also have a wisteria planted next to my privacy fence. I wish I had planted it in the center of the yard. If you don't cut the vines that grow between the slats in the privacy fence they will grow and separate the fence. It's better to have chain link or some type of metal they can grow on. I'm seriously thinking of cutting it completely down.

Three weeks ago I had 2

Three weeks ago I had 2 wisteria's planted next to a trellis. They were doing beautiful. One day I came home and one of the vines the leaves were brown and spotted. I went to the nursery and I took some leaves with me. The nursery worker told me it was a fungus. I bought the spray and sprayed it. Now my other wisteria is in very sad shape. The leaves are all dried up and twisted. I water every day the amount the nursery told me to. What can be the problem?

Hi, Stefanie, Your nurseryman

Hi, Stefanie, Your nurseryman was probably in a better position to tell you what the problem is, having seen the evidence. Since he said it's a fungus, it may be a "honey fungus" a common name for several different species of fungi that occur in woody and perennial plants. The most obvious sign is white growth between the bark and wood at ground level. Honey-colored mushrooms nearby pretty much confirm the presence.
It could be powdery mildew. That's indicated by irregular dark brown marks and blotches, usually with a yellow margin.
It could be a vein virus. That will appear as spotted, shriveled leaves.
As strong as many wisteria appear to be, they are vulnerable to many problems. We can only suggest that you continue the recommended treatment.

planted nursery wisteria tree

planted nursery wisteria tree 2years ago. started to bud then seemed to die from late freeze. lots of shoots from trunk and half way up trunk. What should I do?

I planted two 6' tall

I planted two 6' tall wisteria last year, not realizing how invasive they can be. One is planted approx 3 ft from Japanese maple next to front porch, stone steps, to grow over porch area. I am afraid it will kill the maple, dislodge steps and walkways, etc. is it possible with heavy pruning to keep the ground runners in check? Brother in law (tree guy) says it will also get into stonework and pull it apart and runners will travel to other wheeping cherries and trees and invade them. I believe it is Chinese variety. Should I take them out? Love this site and thanks for the info,

Wisteria can be controlled by

Wisteria can be controlled by heavy pruning but its root system will also grow rapidly and new plants will grow from dropped seeds. It is a very invasive plant. We suggest that you move the wisteria to an area away from your house and other trees. You can plant other climbing vines close to the house that are not invasive. For example native honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens, is available in yellow and red cultivars.

I planted a wisteria last

I planted a wisteria last year. It had several blooms. This year I have nothing but the base of the plant. I have no green coming from the plant. I tried to dig up the plant and it appears the roots are still alive. Tons of roots. Does this mean the plant is dead? Any suggestion on what I should do?

Hi Laurie, If you don't have

Hi Laurie,
If you don't have any new growth on the plant it is probably dead. You can leave it in the ground and see if by a chance it will show any signs of life. Harsh winters can kill a young wisteria.

I have a huge wisteria I

I have a huge wisteria I planted about 4 yrs ago and has bloomed this yr already and the are a few of these green bean pod thing growing at the bottom. Any idea what it is.

Yes, wisteria always grow

Yes, wisteria always grow seed pods after flowering. Wisteria is a legume, like peas and beans. If they bother you, you can clip them off (but not the buds). Or, you can let them dry and save the seeds to plant new wisteria.

Great site! I just planted

Great site! I just planted several small wisteria. 2/3 are doing well & growing. The other 1...well, let's just say it's sad. The leaves are turning whitish/yellow. They have not dropped off yet, but are getting dry & look like they might. It is in well-drained soil, getting regular watering, & plenty of sunlight. Is it a pH issue...bugs...or maybe I need to add a special fertilizer? I'm in central MD. Thx so much!

I planted a wisteria

I planted a wisteria sinensis/ Japanese wisteria 3 years ago, in full sun, and it has hardly grown. Each year around June the growth tip wilts and dries up, despite me watering it. There is then no growth for the rest of the year. The rest of the plant looks healthy, the leaves are green and they don't wilt. It's only the height of the pergola and at this rate, it's never going to make it onto the top of the pergola.

Hi, Linda: Have you been

Hi, Linda: Have you been talking to Mother? She had the same problem two years ago! Be sure to read all of the info above about care. This could be a question of maturity (the plant of course, not you), but since it seems to be growing somewhat, perhaps it's soil conditions. Make sure that it is not getting too much nitrogen (since it is a nitrogen-fixer, this is the last thing it needs). If the soil is just plain poor, give it a dose of 5-10-10 or 10-10-10 fertilizer (as you no doubt know, the numbers stand for nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium). A continued dose of patience is needed, too, so just hang in there and your wisteria will, too -- just like Mother's!

Help. I have a beautiful 10

Help. I have a beautiful 10 year old wisteria that my dear Aunt gave me. It is 50 feet long and it is growing on my house. It is beautiful. We have to get our house fumigated for termites and every fumigator has told me it most likely will not survive. Any ideas of how I can save it?

Hi, This is my first time on

Hi, This is my first time on line. I have a whisteria growing just fine and it is 4 years old. I get the pods and would like to try getting my own starts but don't know what to do. Could you guide me? Thanks Sandee

Hello. Touring Venice by

Hello. Touring Venice by canal and seeing all the beautiful wisteria reminded me of my childhood where we had a fragrant wisteria bush near the back door which the dogs used to like to lie under in the heat of the summer and snap at the bumblebees.

We now live in Virginia about 35 miles further west than DC, at about 800 foot elevation. We have an inward-cutting corner of the house right outside our kitchen windows which I think would make a good spot for a wisteria tree... if. Our basement foundation is entirely underground, poured concrete reinforced with steel mesh. Would this wisteria tree likely pose a threat to our foundation? Thanks.

I live in Iowa and have had

I live in Iowa and have had my wisteria for like 3 years. I bought it as a plant from a nursery. Last year it grew great, about 5 feet with many side shoots. I kept cutting off the shoots from the base of the plant. My husband trimmed some of the vineing shoots back as they were getting long, but kept them like two feet long.
This year at first nothing was happening. Now after all the rain, there are shoots coming from the base. Is the main trunk/plant dead or will it come back? Should I let the new shoots keep growning or trim them back to inhibit growth from the main plant?

hi i would like to know if it

hi i would like to know if it can grow well in the caribbean, or which is the best plant for this area to make the same job. thanks

Hi, I am trying to create a

I am trying to create a Gothic garden and have found lots of dark coloured plants/flowers but haven't seen any very dark purple/black wisterias or have found any website and that has listed a wisteria. Is there a very dark purple/black wisteria.

There is a Chinese Wisteria

There is a Chinese Wisteria cultivar called 'Black Dragon,' which has double dark purple flowers. If you type "Buy Wisteria Black Dragon" into Google, you'll see some pictures.

Hello, I have had a wonderful

Hello, I have had a wonderful white wisteria for 2 years. The trunk diameter is approx 1 1/2 ". It gave an abundance of blooms each spring before leafing out. This year it bloomed as usual, then suddenly the blossoms wilted and fell off prematurely. Then the leaf buds came out very stunted and small. It has been in this stunted state now for about 4 months. The trunk and stems seem fine, and I see no signs of insect pests. I have fertilized, pruned back, and water regularly with no success. It gets adequate sun. The roots are in a gopher cage to prevent gopher damage. We live in southern California inland. The stems are alive, but the leaves are very tiny about 1/2" and have stopped at that size. Such a mystery....any suggestions? Thank you!

Hi, Christine, We really do

Hi, Christine, We really do not have a good answer for this, especially from a distance. Is it a grafted plant? Sometimes the plant above the graft (or below) fails. Below ground, it could have root rot.
It seems to happen occasionally as you describe, but there is no clear explanation or remedy. We suggest that you consult a local nurseryman.

Thank you. I did consult a

Thank you. I did consult a local nursery and he was puzzled also. There is growth at the base, so it seems as though the top part has failed for some reason. I'm trying to decide whether to take it out, but it seems such a shame to give up on such a mature and beautiful plant. I am tempted to leave it in for one more season and see if Spring brings a change. Always hopeful!

I need help for the wisteria

I need help for the wisteria plant in front of my 107 year old house (I suspect plant is probably the same age)....
It has grown up the front side of house, and every year it sends runners that wrap themselves around my electrical and crawl under shingles on my roof! Blocks the front windows on its way up to the roof. It also has grown completely over the trellis overhead and down the gates in front, and the weight has collapsed some parts of the wooden trellis and fencing (which are also rotten/old). I cannot replace the trellis or fencing without cutting back old woody growth that has wound itself in and out of the lattice work. I would like to save the base of the plant, which is about 1.5 feet diameter or wider. I really need help!

I have planted a wisteria in

I have planted a wisteria in both my front and back yards. Both have great growth, but no flowers. The plant in the back, the tendrils wilt and I pinch them off. Help!!

There are many reasons

There are many reasons wisteria plants don't bloom--some discussed on this page. The main reason is usually lack of sunlight. Also, know that wisteria grown from seed will not flower for about 7 to 10 years. A third reason is related to pruning. See this page for pruning advice. if your pruning is appropriate, try applying phosphate fertilizer (with no nitrogen).

I have planted wisteria this

I have planted wisteria this year and it seems to have taken well. I have read a lot on how to prune so that you have 6 leaves left on any growth to encourage flowering next year. Do I cut back the new branches that I would actually like to keep as well or does the pruning only apply to side shoots and branches you don't want any longer?

Yes, it's fine to prune the

Yes, it's fine to prune the head above 6 leaves -- cut off any shoots that aren't needed to extended the head. Do this in August. Also, you'll want to prune any sideshoots this winter (February) down to 6 inches to 1 foot. Every winter, cut back the shoots again to an inch as part of normal pruning.

HI I just bought a 3' aunt

HI I just bought a 3' aunt dee wisteria.I wanted to train it to go along my front porch. It was all bundled together with ties. There seems to be about 1.5" thick dark trunk consisting of a couple of branches twisted around a stake. That trunk stops at around 2'. So there is about another 1.5' of twisted green stems and leaves on top of the "trunk". THis whole thing is twisted around the stake. I have a small trellis that i attached to one of the post of the porch in order to have it climb up. What do I do? DO i untwist it and prune it? or to i just leave it next to the trellis? Or do i take the stake out? I have no idea what to do? Thanks!

Help? I love wisteria! Now I

Help? I love wisteria! Now I had excellent luck with all kinds the last 45yrs,but live in a 55 plus community and my neighbor doesn't like flowers,SO can I plant one in a wire basket buried in the ground and keep the roots at home,or should I plant in a huge pot and try to contain and train as a tree but I won't be able to move inside for winter, I have an arbor that's close to the house but dont want the roots to be a problem I have a mural of one in my bathroom,beautiful,beautiful.also,yellow jasmine and hostas grew under my pergola we made just for the wisteria,at my last home,something's missing without my favorite plant.tks for your imput! P.j.

Hi P.J. You can grow a

Hi P.J.
You can grow a wisteria in a big container. Just make sure to prune and train it to one stem. If you live in a cold region you need to protect the roots in the winter. You can put the container in a big box and fill the box with newspapers or an old blanket wrapped around the pot. You can also cover the pot with raked leaves.
Good luck!

can I grow my wisteria as a

can I grow my wisteria as a tree without a trellis?

Yes, you can grow standard

Yes, you can grow standard wisteria in a tree form. You don't have to use a trellis though you will need to stake it for support.  You may find this page helpful: http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/growing-wisteria-standards.html

I planted a wisteria last

I planted a wisteria last year, wanting it to grow like a bush. How sould I prune it and when? Right now it looks like several dead sticks without any new blooms?

I understand the issues of

I understand the issues of having an invasive plant with all the shoots coming out of it. Can I contain the shoots by installing a plastic border 4" deep or dig a deep trench and filling with concrete?

Concerning the trench, I mean

Concerning the trench, I mean something like 2" wide and maybe 6-10 inches deep...thanks

To control the roots you need

To control the roots you need plant the wisteria in a big (at least 5 gallons) container (concrete is best) and then dig a hole and plant the container with the plant in the ground. You also have to prune the wisteria every year to control the top growth.

Hello I have two small pots

Hello I have two small pots of wisteria that I planted as seed beginning of summer here in Michigan. My question is should I plant them in the ground or keep them in the pots for next summer.

Plant the wisterias, pots and

Plant the wisterias, pots and all, in the ground. After your first frost add mulch around the plants. Make sure to mark the area with stakes so that you remember where you planted them. Next spring remove the mulch and dig up the pots.

We live in Virginia about 35

We live in Virginia about 35 miles west of DC in the Piedmont, at 800 foot elevation. We have an inward-cutting corner of the house right outside our kitchen windows, with plenty of south facing light, which I think would make a good spot for a wisteria tree... but only "if." Our basement foundation is entirely underground, poured concrete reinforced with steel rod, six inches thick. Would this wisteria tree likely pose a threat to our foundation? Thanks.

Hello, When I moved to my

When I moved to my home in central NJ I planted a wisteria plant that I have had since living in Charleston. It always remained small because it was in a pot. I planted it in the ground and it grew furiously but I didn't mind because I love it. My husband didn't know what it was and didn't bother asking and just "trimmed' it back to about a 3 foot stump with some stumpy pieces coming off the top. As another commenter said, my heart is broken. Do you all think it will grow back next year? It was the first thing I planted when I moved here... I am really sad. Any thoughts are welcome!

Hi, Christine: No need for

Hi, Christine: No need for (w)hysteria. We have heard tell of BTHs (Berserk Trimmer Husbands) in our neighborhood, too, and one has even been spotted extremely close to us, if you know what we mean. You have a chance here. It all depends on the type of wood that was cut, what remains, the variety, the growing conditions, etc. It may take a few years, but you have a chance, so don't be sad. In the meantime, we sentence your BTH to at least 50 hours of hard, supervised garden labor -- with time off for good behavior allowed, of course, as determined by Judge Christine. You may also add a probationary period of 10 years, if you wish.

I was wondering if you know a

I was wondering if you know a variety of wisteria that would grow in zone 9A. I'm in Sarasota, FL, left my 50 year old wisteria behind, trying to let go!.

Kentucky Wysteria is a south

Kentucky Wysteria is a south variety that grows natural in the Deep South. I'm near Houston and we are a 9A to 9B in this area.

I have a wisteria in my

I have a wisteria in my greenhouse in a pot that I dug up from my mom's garden after she died in 2012. It was just one that had come up from the parent plant which was huge and beautiful. Will it flower if I put it outside by my Pergola or will it just have foliage since it it not a true plant?

Plant the wisteria outdoors

Plant the wisteria outdoors in the spring and it should flower in a couple of years. Read our pruning advice above for better blooms.

I have planted a wisteria

I have planted a wisteria next to a dead red oak.It is about 80 feet tall.I plan on letting it go wild.I read it needs to be cut back every year which could be a problemo.The question is,will the plant p
flower and grow without pruning?

Your wisteria will grow wild

Your wisteria will grow wild without pruning and it will have flowers but not as many. Pruning promotes production of flowers.

I would like to know what you

I would like to know what you think about planting 3 - 4 wisteria trees as border plants/trees for privacy. Currently I have ten 14+year old lilac bushes along the property line. Both sides of the lilac bushes are big open backyards with grass. Oh, I live in zone 5.

Hi there I moved to this

Hi there
I moved to this house and fortunately I have a gorgeous blue wisteria in my yard.
I was wondering if there is a way to transplant it to grow on the fence and make a beautiful flowering fence?
How can I transplant a wisteria?
and will it do well growing on a wooden fence?
Thank you very much.

Wisteria enjoys support on a

Wisteria enjoys support on a fence or trellis. It is fast growing but it is considered difficult to transplant once it's established.

Builders cut (butchered) my

Builders cut (butchered) my wisteria next to the house back to ground level, the main trunk has been completely cut off, the only thing left are the roots which have now sent up new soft wispy growth, will ever grow back properly and flower without a main trunk, or will some of this new wispy growth grow into a main trunk eventually???

Is there a way to identify

Is there a way to identify the variety of wisteria from photos? We had beautiful wisteria growing for decades on
our porch columns, but recent construction work destroyed them, roots and all. Only one stub of a plant survived.
We want to replant with exact same variety but don't know what it is, only that it used to have purplish blooms. Is there an expert who can tell from photographs? Is DNA analysis possible?

I have quite a large planter

I have quite a large planter outside the windows of my daughter's room. I want to put a white wisteria on the planter. Will a wisteria be able to grow in a planter?

Opinions and experience are

Opinions and experience are mixed on this matter. Some people say that sooner or later the wisteria roots will force the container to break and so need transplanting. The root may also sneak into the ground through the drain holes and so you'll have it both ways (and perhaps lots of trouble removing it).
Others say that wisteria can be grown in a container and trained as a standard, rather like bonsai, only larger or course.
Note that any attempt will require pruning five to six weeks after flowering and then cut back in Jan/Feb, when it's dormant, to ensure that the flowers won't be obscured by leaves.

The pods from my wisteria

The pods from my wisteria have seeds inside, what should or can I do with them? Can they be germinated? Will they grow?

plant a number of them in

plant a number of them in same hole for a better result.keep area moist.you can expect flowers in 7 years.keep cutting all long shoots.

Pop them out of the pod and

Pop them out of the pod and let them dry. plant about a 1/4 of an inch with lose soil. Keep it moist by watering it. Yes they will grow. They will take over everything. Be carful where you plant it. I gave my girlfriend a seed pod and it has grown and flowered.

I have full sunlight from 1pm

I have full sunlight from 1pm until sun down during the summer. There is no shade once the sun moves over my deck. Is this enough sunlight?

Hi, Rebecca, Wisteria needs 6

Hi, Rebecca,
Wisteria needs 6 or more hours of direct sun per day in order to bloom. It might grow with less, but blooms may be few or none with less than 6 hours.
BTW, be careful what you wish for: I had one that thrived and bloomed, yes, but it went crazy: One vine shoot grew up about 20 feet under the siding of the house (yes, under, with no sunlight), other vines reached for the utility wires, and still more tried to wrap around adjacent plants. After five or six years, I removed the plant (getting all or most of the root was a project)—or at least I think I did. The roots go everywhere! I have not yet seen it come up in the lawn or nearby but it might. Wisteria can be beautiful and deliver a lovely aroma but it seems to own its space—and its owner.

I don't know what this person

I don't know what this person is talking about. I have wisteria that grows in full sun, and I have wisteria that grows in full shade. The one in full shade does just as well as the one in full sun. Both get drastically out of hand. As said, they will absolutely take over everything.

Wisteria should be outlawed!

Wisteria should be outlawed! This plant will take over your yard with nasty surface roots,
and is an absolute pain to get rid of once it has taken over your yard. Please do not ever plant this vicious weed. We bought a house two years ago, where the wisteria had 10 years to completely take over, only a momentous daily effort to remove all roots and vines have we gotten a start on having normal gardens.

We are looking at planting a

We are looking at planting a vegetable garden in our backyard, but we have a large Wisteria growing up the steps. Since Wisteria is toxic to ingest, is this the best place for us to plant or do we need to get rid of the Wisteria?

You can plant a vegetable

You can plant a vegetable garden near a wisteria. Just be aware that the wisteria has a massive root system and make sure to prune the wisteria so that it doesn't shade the garden.

I have two 20+ year old

I have two 20+ year old wisterias. I live in Felton CA (near Santa Cruz). Will they survive a pruning to the root ball?

Yes, your wisteria will

Yes, your wisteria will survive a hard pruning but you may not have flowers for a couple of years. It is sometimes recommended to prune back to the main stem and leave it about 4 feet high.
Good luck!

is there any way to darken

is there any way to darken the blooms I have planted one that looks gray white but would like it a bit more blue It has covered all of my patio and looks beautiful in spring and summer. It blooms in spring wondering if I can make it bloom in summer too

Hi Juvia, Different varieties

Hi Juvia,
Different varieties of wisteria have different colored blooms and there  is no known way to change the color. However, you may want to test the soil to see if it lacks trace minerals, which could make the colors pale. You can add an organic fertilizer with trace minerals that will promote microbial activity in the soil or you can add rich compost. If your wisteria blooms in the spring that's when it is going to bloom.

We have two Wisteria plants

We have two Wisteria plants growing nicely over a pergola in our backyard. Every year without fail in early February we get some weeks of very warm weather and our Wisteria will start to bloom and looks so beautiful with purple flowers everywhere. Then we get a few days of rain and wind and there goes all the blooms. It doesn't seem to bloom much after that until the next year and then the same thing happens. Does anyone else have this problem? Doesn't seem to be anything we can do about it, mother nature.

Greetings! I recently


I recently acquired 3 seed pods from a wisteria and want to plant them next to my pergola. Can you give me any advise regarding planting? Should I remove the seeds from the pods prior to planting? How deep should the hole be? Should I put more than one seed and/or pod in each hole?

Thank you so much for your time!

Technically, yes, you can

Technically, yes, you can plant wisteria seeds from the pod. However, seed-raised wisterias can take up to 20 years to flower! It's always better to buy a plant that is grafted from a nursery.
If you still want to plant the seeds, pop the seeds out of the pods and dry them out. Plant seeds in the spring in a very sunny location about 1/4 inch deep and covered lightly with soil. Keep moist and well-watered. Fertilize with the vine starts to grow.

Hi, Given that the roots seem


Given that the roots seem to be potentially invasive, could wisteria be planted in pots and trained up and across my pergola?

Hi, Keith: Yes, you could

Hi, Keith: Yes, you could certainly try this, but as noted below, seed-planted wisteria can take forever to mature, so you would want to use transplants. Make sure that the pots are plenty big enough -- and be ready to do some serious "training"!

I have wisteria that covers

I have wisteria that covers my entire fence in my back yard. I live in North Carolina. I just bought the house two years ago. And since then every year the state has had a late frost (end of March/first of April). This year the wisteria had not flowered but the frost did something to the buds. They feel like they are freeze dried. Will the wisteria put out more flowers? or is that it?

I have a rodent I believe

I have a rodent I believe chip munks eating the base of my wisteria- they have eaten the bark off the base- please share any tips to save my great wisteria please!!

You could try a bark graft.

You could try a bark graft. Look it up on the net and you will find it explained. Also you need to protect what is left from more rodents. If more than half of the bark has been removed it is unlikely it will recover.

Hello, I live in NC and the

Hello, I live in NC and the same thing happened to my wisteria. The newer shoots that were along the ground and close to the trunk are blooming, but the overhead buds I was so looking forward to are dried up. I am trying to find out the same thing you are. Did you ever get a response?

l live in a zone 4-5 area.

l live in a zone 4-5 area. About 5-6 years ago I planted a blue wisteria, single stem, (can't remember the type but it twirls clockwise..Chinese??). Almost every year it sent a couple of shoots just a little out of the ground but never from the protruding main stem. Several times over the years it was either ran over by the lawn tractor and/or died back by winter kill, I am not sure. However last year it came back with a vengeance sending several shoots out of the ground (the main shoot appears to have died back or severed by the lawn tractor) and growing more than 10 feet tall over the Summer. Now I have at least 4 or 5 main stems growing from ground level. How can I tell if these shoots will eventually flower or are they from a non-flowering grafted root stock? Is it safe to dig down to find out where they are coming from? I don't want to kill it unless I am sure it wont flower. I really do need help here. Baffled.

Pick one of the strongest

Pick one of the strongest shoots to become the main stem. Prune all the other shoots. See link below for more advice.

Hi, so I purchased a blue

Hi, so I purchased a blue Chinese wisteria tree from a nursery. I was wondering if I could plant it in a pot and let it grow along a fence. To help keep it in control... I am trying to plant roses around the area the tree would be, but I don't want it killing the rose bush... Do you think planting it I'm a pot would be logical OR do you think I should plant it in the ground? I am new to planting and gardening; I am sorry if my questions are a little out there... Also, I read that the flowers are poisonous, as well as, the whole tree... I am honestly quite frightened if any kids walking near the pavement pick up any of the flowers as I would like to plant it in my front yard... I have a young child as well and want to take as much necessary precautions as possible to make sure everyone is safe. Is it okay to touch the tree, the flowers etc? As long as they are not eaten? Do the flowers fall off the vines? I saw this tree as beautiful and safe to have around, even with children around... as nothing negative was said about it on the website until I started researching it... but now I am regretting purchasing it as I thought it wouldn't be considered a "pest" :(

Hi, Janie, blue Chinese

Hi, Janie, blue Chinese wisteria certainly is stunning; alas, nothing good comes easy.
We would not recommend planting this in ground unless you really, really really love it. Just be prepared, because if you do plant it, overtime, you are likely to find roots—new shoots, really—surfacing all over your property and very possibly that of your neighbors. The plant's response to being pruned is to grow on the other end (underground). In a word, it is invasive.
Be aware, too, that you would not be saved from this fate if the plant is in a pot. Like any aggressive plant in a pot, your Chinese wisteria is almost sure to send roots out of the pot's drainage holes on the bottom.
At least one nature center that "inherited" this plant rues the day it was planted. And even goes so far as to suggest that its best form is as bonsai.
As to your questions, the seeds are poisonous. We find no information about any risk in touching it. (If there was, perhaps it would not have been introduced to this country and sold freely!)
If any of this has changed your thinking, we dare to suggest this: Return it to the nursery and tell them of your concerns. They might take it back and give you credit. If they do not, consider it lesson learned...and proceed with caution.

The flowers are actually

The flowers are actually edible, but the rest of the tree is poisonous, including the seed pods. I wouldn't tell the kids the flowers were edible, but unless they're chewing on trees, they should be fine. I actually fried up one if the blooms this past weekend to try it.

I have a Chinese Wisteria. I

I have a Chinese Wisteria. I put it in between two pine trees and got it to climb up both. I would not recommend putting it in a pot. The root gets on the large side. Unless you trim it back it will take over your rose bushes. The flowers as long as they are not eaten, I have never had any problem with touching them and smelling them. They have a beautiful fragrance on the Chinese plant. I have heard that the American version smells like cat urine from a few sources. I really enjoy mine. Putting it in a pot not a good idea.



Located in NH. When is the

Located in NH. When is the best time to fertilize wisteria? Also, should you treat it for pests before it blooms? What about treating for pests from the roots?

If your wisteria is

If your wisteria is established, the plant should do fine with no supplemental fertilizer. Too much nitrogen inhibits bloom. Wisteria have no significant pests or disease issues. Just be sure to prune and follow the plant care tips on this page.

I have an American Wisteria

I have an American Wisteria that smells like cat urine. Is there anything I can add to the soil to improve the fragrance? Acid or something alkaline? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks so much.

Only suggestion I can come up

Only suggestion I can come up with is get a spray that keeps cats from your garden. The plant doesn't smell like cat urine, the cats that urinate on your plants are whats causing the smell.

Untrue. My American Wisteria

Untrue. My American Wisteria smelled like cat urine. Many other people complained theirs did as well. I yanked it out of my garden and planted Chinese wisteria instead. I know I'm in for more work with this variety, but you can't beat the heavenly smell and much longer pendulum flowers.

My wisteria is on an arbor.

My wisteria is on an arbor. It is blooming in just one area now (May). There are long stems extending from bloom area that do not have buds & flowers. Should they be cut back at this time. Thank you.

Hi, Karen, Those "long stems"

Hi, Karen, Those "long stems" are new vines. They will look for something to wrap around, climb up, or cling to. If you have this plant trellised, you can "train" them—just move them to where you want them to be. For example, if you have lattice on your arbor, weave a stem through it. You will have to repeat this step, or any attempts to train these stems.
If you are satified with the size/presence of the wisteria, cut off the stems. Wisteria can withstand a lot of clipping. Just know that the stems keep coming through the growing season. (FWIW, I had a wisteria; one stem climbed up behind the aluminum siding on the house. When I discovered it and pulled it out—all of a piece; it was like rope and never broke—it had grown to at least 20 feet. For several years, I wove stems through a sort of chainlink trellis and cut off others, with no harm to the "mother" plant.)

Hi, Im in chicago and planted

Im in chicago and planted my wysteria 14 years ago, i was dutiful with my maintenance but alas mine never flowered. it took 7 years to cover my trellis, but after that it went hog wild crazy, it made it to electric post covered the sunny side of my roof all in a matter of 2 years. I decided to buzz cut it last year. Cut it back to the trellis and about a third of my garage roof. Needless to say it is exploding with flowers and i am happy. Two questions, i have a knotted mass on top of the trellis can i severely cut this back?? Secondly I now have a large base, maybe a foot in diameter, can i successfully cut into this?

Thank you
Happy in chicago

Hi DinChi, Congratulations on

Hi DinChi,
Congratulations on the flowers! Yes, you can cut the "knotted mass" off. The wisteria will bounce right back. You can cut into the base if you have several stems that grow together. Just cut one or two stems back to soil level. If the base is one big stem we suggest not to prune it.

Will the wisteria strangle

Will the wisteria strangle other trees it climbs up ?
I was thinking of planting a couple at the base of some trees (don't know the tree species) that only leaf late in the season. The idea is the wisteria would flower before the tree grows its leaves and would jazz up some otherwise plain trees.

Wisteria will not harm trees

Wisteria will not harm trees on which it climbs. It loves to grow wild, and though it may cover the tree with leaves it won't strangle it. Note: it will NOT grow on pine trees though, unless they are dead.

Actually, I have seen

Actually, I have seen Wisteria here in the Pacific Northwest growing wild in the woods behind the house of someone who had it covering the roof of their patio. It was growing 50 or 60 feet up the pine trees and during the spring it looked like the pine trees were "blooming". Stunning!

I live in SC on property full

I live in SC on property full of pine trees. I have a wisteria that climbs up everything including the pines.

My husband and I bought a

My husband and I bought a house in May that's right in town, but on two and a half acres of mostly wooded and wild property. Like many places in NC, the wisteria is climbing and covering everything. No maintenance has been done in the wild part of our new property for literally decades, and we want to get rid of the wisteria (the drive is lined with crape myrtles that couldn't bloom - they weren't getting any sun due to being covered in flipping wisteria). We ventured into the wild part last weekend and found several huge old trees that are dead from strangulation by wisteria vines. These vines are at least 40 years old (they have rings - I had no idea!) and as big around as my leg! When our tree trimmer friend started cutting them (with a chainsaw) from around the trees, we watched as the tension on the vines slackened. It was sort of shocking.

So I'll echo another poster above - unless you're willing to stringently maintain wisteria when living in the southern US, please don't plant it. It's a nightmare when it gets out of control :-(

My neighbor has just done a

My neighbor has just done a hack job on my wisteria, after refusing my offer to cut it back on her side. She cut it after spring growth had started, so the wood is very soft and torn instead of cleanly cut. Is it likely to get diseased with all its damaged wood? Is there anything I can do?

my wisteria has flowered

my wisteria has flowered since I planted it. This year for the first time I only got a few flowers and it looks like there won't be very many leaves. It looks sick. Please tell me what to do. It has been a beautiful blooming plant. I'm sick with grief.

The chances of disease or

The chances of disease or insects atta king because of the damage are small. These plants are very resilient. Maybe you could go on her side and clean up her hack job to make it neater and less likely to create problems, but I wouldn't worry too much about it my neighbor does the same thing and cost me a beautiful 37 year old hydrangea. I wanted to prune my neighbor! I know how you feel.

I planted a wisteria 20 years

I planted a wisteria 20 years ago (I don't remember what kind) by a stone wall which abuts the woods. It has grown wild over the years and I have done nothing to it. After years of not blooming, I just noticed that there are flowers high up on its branches! I'm very surprised. But I'm wondering what to do with it now. It has wound it's way up some branches of the nearby tree. There are no blossoms within reach without a ladder.

Thanks for any advice.

You need to prune the

You need to prune the wisteria to a managable size and not let it grow wild again. See our pruning advice on this page and look through the questions and answers for good tips.

I am a landscaper here in

I am a landscaper here in northern montana. My client wants Wisteria, will it survive the winter here or should they be potted. I have a green house that I use a pellet stove but would love it if it could just be planted and any particular kind of wisteria I should get?

Wisteria is hardy to USDA

Wisteria is hardy to USDA Zone 5.  Unless you're on the coast, northern Montana is not the right climate for wisteria. It would be better to look for a native plant.

Blue Moon is a variety we can

Blue Moon is a variety we can grow here in NW Wisconsin. We am zone 4, and out in the country where we live, we also are zone 3 some winters. There is another Wisteria variety that survives our harsh winters, but I don't remember it's name.

Blue Moon is a variety we can

Blue Moon is a variety we can grow here in NW Wisconsin. We am zone 4, and out in the country where we live, we also are zone 3 some winters. There is another Wisteria variety that survives our harsh winters, but I don't remember it's name.

I live in southern Alberta,

I live in southern Alberta, Canada..and I planted a blue Moon wisteria about four to five years ago in full sun, this is the first year it has bloomed, and boy is it blooming. Someone suggested cutting back some of the vines and that did the trick. We are in zone 4 and the blue moon wisteria lives here just fine.

hi..i have 2 wisteria plants

hi..i have 2 wisteria plants growing onto an arbor trellis to use as a "canopy" for a patio..they've been planted about 2 seasons now and are doing good. They bloom in the spring and ocassionaly in the summer (white blooms/purplish blooms)..My questionis about mid june the leaves start turing yellow and i have noticed that the tree is "leaking" small drops of water..just enough to know its coming from the tree. Any one know what could be causing this and is it normal for the wisteria to do this? Thanks for any info!

Hi Polly, Yellow leaves can

Hi Polly,
Yellow leaves can be a sign of not having enough nutrients in the ground. Add some iron sulphate and powdered sulphur to the soil to see if this helps. If you just have a few drops of "water" dripping from the vines we don't think you need to worry.

I live in Idyllwild, Ca. Zone

I live in Idyllwild, Ca. Zone 7. I just purchased a wisteria "Summer cascade" will it do well here it will have almost all day sun. I plan on planting it against a wood fence. Thank you for your time

Yes, Wisteria love full sun

Yes, Wisteria love full sun and should do very well in the setting you've provided for them. Enjoy!

please do not plant wisteria.

please do not plant wisteria. it is highly invasive, once established it takes years of costly mechanical and chemical treatments to eliminate.it will invade the forest and destroy natural flora.

can i dig up my wisteria and

can i dig up my wisteria and move it...........could i do damage if i do.........thanks.

Hi, Rheda, You can dig up

Hi, Rheda, You can dig up your wisteria and move it. Depending on how large it is, you may be in for a job (the scale of the job is proportionate to the size of the plant). Wisteria send out deep, long, roots so get as much of that as you can—not just so the plant will thrive in the new location but so that the old roots do not send up "new" plants. (If that happens, the new plants will not appear for several months to a year or so, depending on your location. If/when you see new plants, uproot them, if yo do not want them.)

My husband and I moved into a

My husband and I moved into a house with a massive wisteria in the backyard that is decades old.

We are currently adding a new patio to the backyard, and I'm really concerned about keeping the Wisteria alive in the process. Is 24 inches width enough for three wisteria plants placed 7 feet a part from one another? They currently have about 36 inches, and I'm hesitant to cut them back a foot to build a short brick wall.

Any advice you'd have I'd really appreciate!

Hi, I live in the Sunshine

Hi, I live in the Sunshine Coast of Australia. We planted a wisteria in full sun 6 months ago, in summer. It was doing very well for several months and grew a few feet taller. Then it stopped growing and started to dry up, looks like it's dying. We are in the middle of winter now although the climate never gets too cold here and the wisteria leaves are brown and dry. Is this normal?

i have long like peapods on

i have long like peapods on some of the stems,do i take them off or let them stay

Hi, Brenda: These are the

Hi, Brenda: These are the seedpods, which will literally "explode" with new seeds if you let them. So ... up to you, according to what you want your wisties to do! Thanks for asking!

Can these seed pods be

Can these seed pods be planted? I would like to plant in other locations.

my wife has been taking our

my wife has been taking our original wisteria with us when ever we move using the seed pods. They do really well, be forewarned though they really do explode. They make a very loud popping sound when they do. First time it happened to me in the car you can imagine what nearly happened. :)

my two year old plant is in a

my two year old plant is in a mass of knots on the top of my pergola. I would like it to cover the pergola but do not know how to keep the binds tied down to get it to grow along the wood Pergola.

It sounds as if the wisteria

It sounds as if the wisteria needs more pruning. In July/ August, cut back the long shoots of the current year’s growth to 6 inches. In February, prune again, cutting back the same growths to two or three buds. Yes, it sounds extreme, but wisteria needs vigorous pruning. To train the wisteria, tie branches to the supports the way you wish them to grow.

We moved to Wiltshire UK last

We moved to Wiltshire UK last year and I planted a wisteria which grew well (about 10 feet tall) and had a few blossoms and a number of tendrils. BUT this year there were no blossoms and no new growth (i.e tendrils) although the plant looks really healthy with plenty of green leaves.
What does it need to grow up and along?? No new growth to prune!
Thank you for any hints or comments.

I live in Michigan and have a

I live in Michigan and have a wisteria tree. Everything I have read states to trim in August and again in January. Have you been to Michigan? There is so much snow in January in the back yard, I cannot get to the tree. Is it okay to trim in March/April instead?

Of course you can prune your

Of course you can prune your wisteria in March/April, Nancy—in fact, any time in early spring. And you are correct, in August as well.
In August prune the current growth to a foot—about six buds. This will encourage flower formation next season. Note that a spring pruning is recommended if you want to control the shape of the plant; cut shoots back to 2 to 3 buds.
At any time, do not be afraid to remove/prune excess growth and/or suckers.

Hi - I live in Connecticut

Hi - I live in Connecticut and just built a large pergola. I want to grow wisteria to cascade over the entire pergola in years to come. 1) which is the best type/way to buy a fast growing Wisteria vine ( tree?), 2) Is it a good idea to plant now - late August? Thanks

Go to a local garden center

Go to a local garden center and see if they have wisteria plants for sale. If not check the many online mailorder places. Compare prices and sizes of plants offered. Fall is a good time to plant wisteria. See our planting advice above.

We just purchased a summer

We just purchased a summer home in Northern Minn. The screened porch has a mass of wisteria vining up the corners and actually through the rafters inside the structure. I enjoy the look, but have never dealt with wisteria before. I know the leaves will fall off this winter, and I'm wondering how far back I can prune the vines inside and still have them come back to this look next summer. Or should I prune it back near the base outside the structure?

It's important to prune the

It's important to prune the wisteria so that it doesn't take over the porch. It requires a heavy pruning in late fall. Remove any crowded branches and dead branches. Also remove branches that are inside the porch. Cut back the side branches to about a foot from the main trunk. Also remove any suckers from its base.

Thanks you for the info. :-)

Thanks you for the info. :-)

Please help us! We planted

Please help us! We planted our wisteria 15 years ago against the far corner of our deck with a lovely pergola courtesy of my husband. It has covered the pergola over the years and produces incredible blooms. The discussion we have now is what the future should be for the plant. It has pulled the deck post off level and cracked one of the banisters over time. My husband fears it will pull the deck right off the house. We prune the growth around the pergola twice a year. I ask at what point, if ever, does the plant trunk stabilize and stop pulling on its point of support? Or will it continue to distort the deck support? The trunk is now several inches in diameter.

Your wisteria will keep

Your wisteria will keep growing so you need to prune it severely and maybe cut the roots to slow it down. You can use a spade and push it down all around the main stem to cut through some of the roots. Here's a good link about maintaining and pruning a wisteria.

Wisteria in pots

Hi, I need some help! Just got me 2 wisteria's in pots, probably about 60cm tall with green leaves. My idea is to grow them in pots as I live in a military house so if I plant them I'll have to leave them when I move. Can you advise me on the size and pots to get for them also is like them to grow to about 6ft? Pruning techniques??

You can grow wisteria in

You can grow wisteria in large containers (such as a large half barrel) if you are willing to keep the top pruned to a size that matches the root area. Many container-grown wisterias are grown as standards (small trees). Provide a tall, sturdy stake or other support for the plant. Also provide winter protection, if needed.