Where to buy wisteria: Burpee Gardening

If your garden is an outdoor room, wisteria provides the drapery and slipcover—to camouflage a view or provide living shade over porch and pergola.

Something between a vine and a shrub, wisteria blooms vigorously in spring with showy, cascading flower clusters that provide quick-growing color.

However, note that it can take a good six years for a newly established wisteria to start flowering—sometimes longer!

The vine may grow 10 feet or more in one year! This gives the artful gardener a paintbrush with which to cover the landscape-canvas.  Wisteria is also beautifully fragrant providing a feast for the senses.

Note: Some types of wisteria are considered invasive pests; check with your local cooperative extension. All parts of this plant, especially the seeds, are poisonous.

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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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We suggest that you prune the

We suggest that you prune the vines that are on the tree. If you let the wisteria grow into the tree it will eventually kill it.

My wisteria is about 5 years

My wisteria is about 5 years old and has never had blooms. What should I do?

wisteria blooms

It took my wisteria 7 years to bloom. I sprinkled bone meal in the soil around the roots and it bloomed the next spring. It is well worth the wait. My is beautiful.

wisteria and pets

I have three cats and two dogs on my farm where I want to plant Wisteria. Should I be concerned because I have heard the plants and seeds are very toxic.

Soil conditions for Wisteria

Will Wisteria grow in soil that is part clay?

Yes. All the soil where I

Yes. All the soil where I live is made of of at least some clay and wisteria grows wildly and abundantly here.

Dieback ?

I have two wisterias (about 3 years old ) they just bloom beautifully in spring, after all the flowers died, the new leaves come out nicely in one tree, the other one, new leaves come out too, but very small and barely full the branches. At the sane time I found out some black thing on both trees I sprayed with bug spray. The bugs went away, but the new leaves still couldn't grow in full size like the other.

Aphids or scale insects can

Aphids or scale insects can attack the wisteria and cause a general decline of the plant. Keep checking for bugs and treat as necessary. The leaves on the weaker tree should be fine next year.

Will this grow as a ground cover?

If left alone will this vine out and grow as ground cover? I have a hill side that I would like to have some beautiful flowering plants on.

Vica Minor (creeping myrtle)

Wisteria probably could be grown as a ground cover, but vica minor (or creeping myrtle) is a nice thick evergreen cover with dark green leaves and purple flowers in the spring.

Growing from seeds

The house i grew up in, in california, had the most beautiful wisteria plant that was trained to grow along the edge of the house. It would bloom multiple times a year. When my parents moved they took some seeds with them. My mother recently sent me some and I have planted 4 seeds. They seem to be growing well in the pots, but my question is how long should they stay in pots? when should they be transfered to the ground?

Be aware that wisteria

Be aware that wisteria started from seed will take 10 to 12 years before it flowers. You can keep the seedlings in pots for some time. When the seedlings get bigger transplant to bigger pots. When they are a foot or taller plant them in the ground.

HELP with 3 trees

They have not been cared for & are way out of shape! (We recently moved to the new place)It is late April and in Maryland. Can I shape them? How much can I cut off now or wait (don't want too)

If you prune now you will

If you prune now you will loose some of the flowers. You can prune all the side branches and shoots and leave a couple of main stems with branches that may bloom this summer. After the wisteria has bloomed you can prune more.

Flowers, no green leaves

I planted my wisteria about 7 years ago. I waited a long time for blooms. Now I have blooms but hardly any leaves/vines. What gives?

how to extend the blooming time

I live in Jerusalem and have been growing a wisteria in our garden for over 10 years. We happily enjoy every spring lots and lots of flowers, but they last only about 2 weeks. Please let me know if there is a way to make the flowers last longer? Also the flowers are a pale purple, and although they are beautiful, I would really prefer a deeper purple. If I add some acidity to the soil could that strengthen the color? Could you recommend another method? Thanking you in advance.

Will wisteria flower if it's

Will wisteria flower if it's planted in container?

Wisteria grows best if

Wisteria grows best if planted in the ground but it can be grown in a container. Plant the wisteria vine in a container that’s 2 to 4 times the size of the one it originally came in. Water and feed regularly. The vine needs to be pruned to a manageable size when it starts growing and you may need to transplant it to a larger pot later in the year.


thanks - that is exactly what I need to know.
the internet is wonderfu

Freezing threat to blooms!

Is there anything that can be done to keep the buds from freezing? This happens all to often. Like this year, the vine is loaded with blooms and a cold snap is being predicted with overnight freezing temps. I have had too many bloomless years just because of this.

If your wisteria is not too

If your wisteria is not too big you can cover the buds with a sheet, burlap or plastic when you know that you are going to have freezing temperatures.

can I grow wisteria from a vine cutting?

I live in St. Augustine, FL and was recently visiting South Carolina. I cut two pieces of vine from a Wisteria plant will I be able to root and grow this?

Make sure the vines are 3-6

Make sure the vines are 3-6 inches long and have a couple of sets of leaves. Put good potting soil in a pot and moisten the soil. Dip the ends of the cuttings into rooting hormone. Make a hole in the potting soil and place the cutting in the hole. Cover the pot with plastic and make sure that the soil doesn't dry out. In 4 to 6 weeks you should have a wisteria seedling growing.

Bumble Bees

Wisteria will attract Bumble Bees. Also my Mother in Ohio had one growing along her fence that was awesome, but she was in the garden all day long and controlled the growth. I live in Ca. And have the same Bumble bee problem, also we had to cut down all of our pine trees because of the beetles that killed them. I had them cut them to 8 ft. We strung heavy wire from one to the other,Planted Wisteria under each tree and they have grown wild.


My friend gave me some wisteria seeds that I kept in a drawer for over two years. I just planted them last week, and now I see my first sprouts! I am so excited because I have always had a black thumb. Maybe this will be my first success!

Where can get the wisteria in New York City?

I think I like to get wisteria for my home. but I checked Homedepot no luck.

Try a mail order place such

Try a mail order place such as http://www.gurneys.com -- I think NYC is hardiness zone 7 so that works for wisteria. They only ship in the spring.


A friend was moving and I dug a wisteria from his yard. It was planted last year. It's in a pot now but it doesn't have leaves, just teeny, teeny buds. I'm in NYC and it's almost the end of April. Spring was somewhat cold. When should I see leaves?

Got mine from qvc.com

Got mine from qvc.com

Amazon sells seeds

I ordered seeds from Amazon.com and have 2 plants coming up so far.


I just saw some at Walmart. Don't know if you have them out your way.

We have a nursery that has a

We have a nursery that has a limited availability. Try one in your area.

Wisteria in NY

I live in Massachusetts. My wisteria is a riot of color after only 3 years.... I bought two small potted plants from a local nursery. I'm sure their must be plant nurseries in the state of NY that sell them!

Hi, I bought mine in a

Hi, I bought mine in a walmart store,small card board box...it is now 5-6 yrs old, large plant ..no flowers yet..

Wisteria flowering

What is the difference between Japanese and Chinese wisteria in flowering.

They are very similar. Their

They are very similar. Their vines spiral in opposite directions; the Chinese has more abundant flowers. However, they are now considered invasive species; they get out of control and take over your yard and other plants. Instead of these problem alien plants, consider the American wisteria ("Wisteria frutescens"). See more:
Chinese Wisteria: http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/fact/wisi1.htm
Japanese Wisteria: http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/fact/wifl1.htm

White wisteria grown from violet wisteria roots?

A neighbor has a wisteria tree that has bloomed with violet colors. The roots have traveled into our yard and two trees have sprung up from them. The weird thing is that our two wisteria trees bloomed for the first time this spring and the blossoms are white! Is this... normal? There are no white wisteria trees around us. Just the violet one on the other side of the fence. Why aren't our blossoms violet as well?

Wisteria blooms do not change

Wisteria blooms do not change color. However, the wisteria tree might have been grafted vs. grown from a seedling. Perhaps it's a shoot from the original rootstock. The root stock might have been violet with white grafted on to it. Very interesting!

Thank you for the

Thank you for the information. It is indeed quite a mystery and sadly, a little disappointing. While the white blossoms seem more fragrant and attract many of our little bee friends, they just aren't as pretty as the violet blossoms.

wisteria color

some different purple flowering plants need more acid in the soil to keep them purple. I know hydrangea and lilacs will get more purple with more acidic soil. check the ph level of the soil and try some.

Wisteria Won't Grow

I bought a fully flowering wisteria plant (about 4 feet tall) and planted it two years ago. It hasn't grown at all, but it does get about 4-5 flower blooms each year. What could be keeping it from growing?

Make sure that the plant gets

Make sure that the plant gets enough sun. Add some nitrogen to the soil to help the leaf growth. Too much nitrogen will hamper blooms.


We have had a late winter, in mid-NC...when can I expect my Wisteria to show growth if it sows signs of transplant shock? May??

Wisteria blooms in the

Wisteria blooms in the spring, so you should see some growth by end of April or early May.

Squirrel ate nearly all the buds!

Purchased a potted wisteria last year. Grew well on my balcony. Earlier this spring, however, a squirrel ate nearly all the buds off, except for 4 at the end of the tallest twig! Can I expect to see any significant growth this year, or has the squirrel virtually killed it?

Argh! It's most likely that

Argh! It's most likely that the squirrels did not kill your wisteria but you will have less blooms this coming year.
To deter squirrels in future, some readers have suggested putting ammonia-soaked rags or try bird netting just until the buds start to elongate and open.

wisteria runs wild

my wisteria is fifteen years old now and grows about ten feet a year. My husband and I get out about every month or so and cut it back or it takes over. We made the mistake of planting it too close to the carport so it climbs right across in no time at all. So make sure when you plant yours you place it in a spot that is not close to a place you don't want taken over.

No blooms in 11 years

We moved in are house about 12 years ago. We had to cut it back because it was growing into are siding. We had one flower on it about 3 years ago now there is nothing. What can I do to get it to bloom again.

want wisteria to bloom

Wisteria likes neutral to slightly acid soil (pH of 6.0 to 7.0) and full sun, in particular. Failure to bloom can be the result of too much nitrogen in the soil or even a harsh winter that kills off buds.
Some growers try root pruning to inspire buds: In summer, prune to allow only one strong leader to develop from the end of each main branch. This leader should be allowed to thrive and be attached to the support. Prune the ends of all new shoots just below (before) the sixth or seventh leaf. As new shoots develop, remove them as soon as one or two leaves develop. Then, in late fall, use a spade to cut vertically into the soil (about 18 inches deep) and about 4 feet away from the main truck in a circle around the trunk. This, combined with summer pruning could help blooming.

Wisteria will not blossom.

I Submitted this question several years ago to a botanical forum. This is the answer I received, and it solved our problem.

"The bloom buds are formed in the season prior to the current season. Many folks prune vines and foliage back in the fall thusly removing the buds for the next season flowers."

We were more judicious that fall, problem solved.

cww novice gardener...

Burgundy flowers

Have a well grown wisteria that has bloomed once.... unfortunately, it's flowers were burgundy... wanted beautiful blue/purple flowers... any hope or do I need to start over with the right variety?

You need to find a different

You need to find a different variety that grows the color you desire. Here is a page with some suggestions for "blue" and "purple" wisteria: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/varieties-wisteria-23436.html

sprouting wisteria seeds!!!.

My wisteria seeds sprouted even though I did not scratch them just don't cover the top of the seeds if they go really mushy throw them out.


Could you tell me how to grow them from seeds I have some seeds :)
Thank you

Teach an old wisteria new tricks?

I recently bought a house that has a well established wisteria plant, but it was never trained to climb anything. It just sprawls in all directions in a corner of my yard. I'd like to train it to climb a trellis to get the blooms up off the ground so we can appreciate them. Where do I start?

You can prune drastically but

You can prune drastically but be aware that you may not have blooms for a couple of years. Cut off all the sprawling branches and once the wisteria starts to regrow prune so that you have a trunk and a few main branches. Then pinch back the tips of the side shoots that start growing a few times during the summer months. Prune these shoots also in the winter leaving two or three buds on each. Good luck!

Pine trees taken over by Wisteria

I just moved into my house a year ago. The previous owners didn't maintain the garden at all from the original owners of the house. There is a very old Wisteria that has taken over 2 pine trees (they are almost dead) and starting to branch onto the pear tree. It looks as if there was a make-shift support for the plant years ago with some PVC piping, we are planning on building an arbor and training this overgrown Wisteria mess. HELP!!! I don't think these pine trees will last much longer with all the wind we've been having this past year.

Drastic pruning is the

Drastic pruning is the answer. You will not have blooms for a year or two but you'll have a wisteria that you can keep under control. Please see tips about pruning in our reply to the question above.

Wisteria Pruning

I have a wisteria (I think it's Chinese) that only made one bloom over the last two years. It was relocated to the spot it is in about 4 years ago and took off quite well. It gets prolific long streamers all through the growing season. Here's my question, After reading through the above Q&A's above I see conflicting info on when to prune. Some of the advice says prune in late winter when it's dormant and again after blooming while other advice contradicts this and says never prune while dormant but that late summer or late fall is best to prune. I am confused and would appreciate some clarity. It is mid February and I live in British Columbia in the Okanagan Valley, should I be pruning now or not. I would like to encourage better form and would really like to have flowers at some point. Right now the vine has 2 stalks that are about 2" thick and about 20 that are 1" thick or less. The vine has never been trained but is rather draped over a chain link fence. I would like to remedy that and train it up as a screen.

It is best to prune wisteria

It is best to prune wisteria right after it has flowered in mid-summer so that you don't prune off future flowering buds and lose next year's flowering display. You can prune the wisteria for structure when it's dormant in the winter months as you will be able to see the branches better. But be aware that you will remove some of the new flower buds that have already formed.

If you prune to 4 buds in

If you prune to 4 buds in summer then to 2 buds in winter you get loads of flowers and a compact plant.

snowblower damage

A week after after Blizzard Nemo and 25 " of snow, I discovered my husband accidently snow blowed my new 3 foot wysteria I planted at the base of my porch corner pillar last summer which is *near* the flagstone walkway. He split the trunk vertically down to the base and i believe below the dirt along with blade chew damage to 2 to 3 main branches at the base. My heart along with my wisteria is broken. I matched and closed the two trunk pieces together and wrapped it tightly with electrical tape (all I have right now). Temps have been and are are below freezing. A gift from my twin sister, can it be saved?

Wisteria is a hardy vine and

Wisteria is a hardy vine and can take a lot of abuse. The roots are probably still OK. Hopefully you'll see new shoots this spring.

won't be back to this site

I just wanted to let you know that I came to this site looking for information on growing wisteria. However, I was immediately hit with a pop-up ad that could not be closed; I was forced to "shop now." I do not patronize websites that use strong-arm tactics in their advertising.

Re: won't be back to this site

I too had a pop-up asking me to shop now. I was able to close that pop-up and proceed to the website and I have learned a lot. I am sure your experience was a single indecent and maybe if you tried to re-visit this site you will have a better experience.

Pop up ads

Those pop up ads having NOTHING to do with this SITE itself!... It's your computer.. Prob a virus!

did i kill my wisteria??

I got my wisteria about 6 months ago. When I got it, it was full with green leaves, and blooming. After I got it home, it started to wither down to literally just sticks. The leaves had started turning yellowish green, and dried out turning upward. Then they all just fell off. And i ha ent seen anything yet. It did bud but nothing more, they just whitheted down too. It's been watered properly, I just don't know what's wrong....

The wisteria may have

The wisteria may have experienced transplant shock. I assume that you have it planted outside. You may still get some new growth this spring.

Amethyst falls

Im in the uk and bought a small roughly 6inch plant off ebay that arrived in december, i left it on my kitchen windowsill and just gave it a small amount of water once a week, now it has grown to about 2 feet tall. Not sure if i should have kept it outside now but need advice on what to do now.

The best time to plant

The best time to plant container-grown varieties is in the spring. Plant in a location that receives at least six hours of sun a day.

Can I grow wisteria in snow country?

I live in Elko Nevada which is considered high desert...we get snow in the winter sometimes as much as a couple of feet...our springs are cool and we have fairly short growing seasons. I love the look of this plant and really want to try growing it but I don't want to doom it from the outset. Any clue as to whether it would do well in my area?

Most wisteria varieties grow

Most wisteria varieties grow well up to USDA zone 5. There are some cold hardy varieties that tolerate very cold winters. To protect your wisteria in the winter you can mulch it in the fall and it should come back nicely in the spring. Good luck!

Wisteria Insects - NH

This year my 3 year old wisteria plants had some sort of insect infestation. There were holes in the leaves and tons of tiny droppings under it yet I could not tell what it was. Please help. What should I do so this does not happen this Spring and what would you recommend.

Aphids and scale insects are

Aphids and scale insects are common pests on wisteria but they usually don't chew holes into the leaves. It could have been grasshoppers munching on the leaves. You can try to spray with horticultural oils or insecticidal soap this spring.

wisterias grown from seed take up to 20 years to flower

My friend has a wisteria grown from seed and it took 23 years to flower. And by the way wisterias do best when the temp. is below freezing in winter and when it is warm and humid in summer.... just so you know


I have ordered some wisteria seeds off amazon some blue wisteria seed in packs of 2 seeds so i ordered 2 packs and some white wisteria seeds in packs of 6 seeds. now i am going to have 10 wisteria plants as i read they germinate easily. please help by answering this question do wisteria seeds germinate readily or poorly?

If you nick (scratch) the

If you nick (scratch) the seeds and soak them overnight in warm water they should germinate in a few weeks.

Wisteria's toxicity

We are starting a new garden after construction of our home. There is an almost dead, two-story tall tree in the yard that I considered a good support for the wisteria plant. I am concerned about the seeds,however. Will I be able to maintain this plant when mature, pruning and collecting the seed pods before they scatter? Do they burst as the fall? I have school age children and often visitors with smaller children and pets--is wisteria a good choice for me?

Wisteria plants are a lot of

Wisteria plants are a lot of work. Pruning and picking up seedpods can be a chore. The plant is toxic but only if you eat the seed pods.


We had to remove the main trunk of our 10 year old wisteria when we replaced the sewer line. We now have runners growing like crazy. Will these runners produce flowers and can I twist them together to form a main trunk or should I get rid of them?

Save a few runners and start

Save a few runners and start pruning them in the spring. Don't twist them. It will take many years before these runners will bloom.

Yellowing leaves

Hello, My Wisteria is very well established about 35 years old. Always blooms beautiful purple blooms. Recently like within the last 2 months I have noticed that some of the leaves are turning yellow and falling off. This huge vine is usually quite healthy this is the first time this has happened. I live in southern California is planted in full sun. Please help with any suggestions I don't want to lose this plant. I could post a picture as well if it would help.

Yellow leaves

Thirty-five years is certainly a long time... Have you ever amended the soil? Now may be the time. Your soil may be on the alkaline side--that is, have a high pH.
Yellow leaves can be a sign of iron deficiency and you may need to add acid (via peat moss, etc.) to the soil. Remember: plants feed through their roots, so this starts at the roots.
If yellow leaves are only just now appearing, you may be able to stem/cure the deficiency.
Do a pH test (it's easy and kits are available at garden/nursery/home stores).
Spread the acidic component around the trunk and for several feet in diameter, even dig a little into the soil, and soak it well. How much? That depends on the pH test. Perform another test a few days or weeks after doing this. (Don't test the soil amendment; that will not tell you about the soil at the root.)
A severe deficiency may require more severe measures, such as drilling holes into the trunk and applying tubes with nutrients in them or drilling holes into the ground at a 45-degree angle to a depth of 12 inches 3 to 5 feet from the trunk and applying nutrients. We suggest talking with professionals before attempting these treatments. Best wishes for success!

Yellow leaves

Thank you for your response. I will try the test. I have never amended the soil. It has never had a problem so I thought to leave well enough alone. Should I amend the soil around the trunk prior to the test or test first ? Thank you for your help.

Train against a brick garage?

Could we plant wisteria along the back of a brick garage? The garage faces the house but is far from it. The brick wall happens to have some metal hooks coming out it that could be used to train the vines. We want to also plant a shrub or two and perennials in the same bed. Would the roots of the wisteria be a problem?

Wisteria roots will need

Wisteria roots will need space and will spread. Don't plant other shrubs or plants too close to the wisteria.

yellow leaves

we planted a wisteria this summer it has been doing good but now some of the leaves are turning yellow is this normal.

Your soil may be on the

Your soil may be on the alkaline side. Yellow leaves can be a sign of iron deficiency and you may need to add acid (via peat moss, etc.).


How aggressive is the root system of the Wisteria? Can it be planted in Patio Pots?

wisteria roots

Wisteria growth can be very aggressive (especially in warmer climates), with some species (such as Chinese wisteria) more vigorous than others (such as native types). If not pruned to keep them in check, these sturdy vines can damage their supports--including siding, trim, gutters, roofing, trees, and shrubs. It's best to keep them away from buildings and trees.

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. Choose a less vigorous type, such as American wisteria (Wisteria frutescens). Provide a tall, sturdy stake or other support for the plant. Make sure you have a way to transport the container easily; provide winter protection, if needed.

wisteria cut back

I just planted a new Blue Moon wisteria in Iowa this spring. I'm now realizing my arbor is not going to be sturdy enough to support a mature plant. Can I cut it off of my existing arbor, or will that kill it off? If I can, can I cut it off this fall?

arbor issues

Our experience with wisteria is that you can cut it back—almost to the ground, in fact—and it will return. If yours is happy (that is, thriving where it is), it should return as well no matter when you cut it. With no detail about your arbor, we offer this: Can you introduce supports to your arbor? Increase its size or strength without cutting the plant? If you cut the plant, perhaps you don't need to cut it to the ground, but can remove only a portion. Be aware that you will get (maybe you already have) new plants sprouting at the base, no matter what you do. We hope this helps!


I have a wisteria I purchased 4 years ago. It is in a sunny spot, well watered & drained. It now stands about 8 feet tall. I have been trying to train it to climb an arbor. It seems very happy. It blooms profusely every spring and less profusely a few more times during the summer. I recently found out it has crown gall. Is there anything I can do to save my lovely plant? I was told by my local nursery this is a fatal bacterial infection. I have found the crown gall in several locations on the tree and it is at the base of the trunk too.

Crown Gall galling

Tragically, your nurseryman is correct. Crown gall is the result of bacteria in the soil and is fatal; there is no cure. This condition disrupts water and nutrient flow in the plant, weakens it, and stunts its growth. In some cases, the plant can be pruned to eliminate the gall (sterilize your shears after using them on this); it seems, however, that if your plant is affected at the base of the trunk, pruning will have little to no effect. Our sources recommend destroying affected trees. Consult your local nursery or extension service about testing your soil and the possibility of starting another plant elsewhere on your property. We hope this helps...

Out of Control Wisteria

We bought a house about a year ago. I just figured out that the vine growing like crazy on the back fence is Wisteria. It bloomed last year mostly in the alley and not in the yard where we could enjoy it. No blooms this year,however :(. It is totally out of control from lack of maintenance. I know it needs a good pruning. Some of it looks dead and does not have any leaves on it right now while the rest of it does. How should I go about pruning it.I don't want to prune it back so hard that it won't bloom for years. Help!

Prune the wisteria twice a

Prune the wisteria twice a year. Thin out unwanted mature stems in late winter while the vine is dormant. Next summer right after flowering prune the long shoots of the current year’s growth back to about 6 inches long. Also at this time remove any shoots not needed for the main framework and prune away root suckers.
See more pruning tips above.

Zone 6- Buffalo

Okay so I bought a wisteria stick this spring, put in in a huge pot and this baby is growing like crazy. My question is do I bring it in this winter, or do I put it in the garage with some mulch on it's base and bring it back out in the spring? HELP

Wisteria goes dormant in

Wisteria goes dormant in winter, so it will be fine if you mulch the base and bring it into the garage until spring. Be sure to give it a good pruning in late winter.
Good luck!

Just curious

If a Wisteria vine climbs a tree trunk, will it kill the tree? Also, when the Wisteria drops its seed pods, will each grow a new vine? I don't really want to climb 50 feet into a tree to collect the pods before they fall. Thanks.

Although some trees seem to

Although some trees seem to handle it, wisteria can kill a tree that it climbs upon, either by blocking out the light or by girdling the trunk. The pods burst open when ripe, scattering seeds for several feet. Non-native wisteria (Chinese or Japanese wisteria) can be invasive, spreading by stolons/runners, as well as by seed. If you are concerned about the tree that has wisteria climbing on it, it is advisable to cut the wisteria vine off at the base, and keep removing any sprouts that reappear from the roots. The vines can survive for more than 50 years. If you’d like to grow a wisteria, choose a less-aggressive native type (such as Wisteria frutescens) rather than Chinese or Japanese wisteria, and train it on a trellis or arbor, rather than up a tree.

Wisteria stopped growing

I bought a 3 gal., flowering, Blue Moon wisteria, two years ago. Last year it grew seven feet, no flowers. This year it grew one foot, no flowers, and the top lateraled out some. It's on a pergola, four hrs. of sun and the rest bright light. I live in Montana.What happened? Help!

A wisteria needs at least 6

A wisteria needs at least 6 hours direct sun, ideally, for best flowering. Other causes of poor flowering can be too much nitrogen fertilizer, improper pruning, or a severe cold that kills the flower buds. Poor growth might indicate improper soil pH; make sure that the soil is close to neutral, as that allows best uptake of nutrients. Diseases or pests may also cause stunted growth—take a look to make sure the leaves and trunk look healthy and that there are no signs of insects. Avoid soggy soil.

Wisteria poisonous to dogs and sheep?

Want to plant some wisteria but am worried that it might be poisonous to my dogs and sheep if they try to eat it.

Yes, wisteria can be toxic.

Yes, wisteria can be toxic. You were wise to check. See: http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/poison-control/Plants/wisteria

I'm in trouble...

I did trimming for an elder lady, she has an old Wisteria from her mother and is in love with it. I cleaned off the fence line as it was twisting and wrapping around and grouping amongst other plants vines and up into the pine trees, pulling them down. Did I kill it? Will it come back? Crying in Michigan.

Here’s the good news and the

Here’s the good news and the bad news: It’s hard to kill a wisteria IN THE WAY THAT YOU’VE DESCRIBED. One of our editors cut hers down to the ground a couple of years ago. It’s back as big as ever. Wipe your tears and hang onto the shears.

Perfect Spot

I planted a wisteria years ago and kept it trimmed up the trunk like a tree and kept the top trained to spread across the arbor. The roots are on the East side of the house but the top was in full sun. It must be perfect conditions as it was maintenance free and beautiful. My neighbor planted one and 10 years later it never did bloom.


this is the 2nd year i have had my wisteria- it has not bloomed yet and i have not done anything to it. its growing like crazy! but it has started coming in the top of my screened in back porch. nervous about it taking over . can i cut some it back now or do i need to wait til winter?

Pruning wisteria

Yes, the vines can become a mess! Late summer and early fall is the perfect time to prune. Cut back the long, straggly laterals to within five or six buds of a main branch. You can prune again in late winter/early spring. Never prune wisteria when dormant.

Wisteria from cuttings

I cut some branches from my Wisteria and put them in a bucket of water wither starter. Will my branches root in the water?

Yes, you can propagate

Yes, you can propagate wisteria from seeds or cuttings. Take cuttings of stem tips (new growth) from lateral (side) shoots of the plant in July. Cuttings root better if the plant is young and you're cutting from lateral stems (side shoots). Cut in early morning and have a dark plastic bag with wet paper towels ready to keep the cuttings moist. Cut about 4 to 6 inches in length with sharp pruning shears (or knife). Remove leaves form the lower one-third to one-half of the cutting. Insert the bottom third of your cutting into a rooting medium (mix of peat and perlite). Water the medium before and after inserting the cutting. Cover cuttings with plastic and place in indict light. Let the cutting grow and, once healthy, transplant into a container before it goes into a landscape.

Wisteria leaves turning yellow and have pinholes

Hello, this is the first summer that I have the planted wisteria. It started very well in the sping and grew 5 feet. Then all of its leaves starting to turn yellow and got small pinholes all over it. Would anyone know what I must do?

It's unusual for wisteria to

It's unusual for wisteria to be attacked by insects or plant disease. To see if you have mites or bugs, look under the leaves. Usually, insects can be managed with soap spray or horticultural oils. Take a hefty sample to your local cooperative extension for diagnosis. Also: do not overwater wisteria; it needs well-drained soil. And be sure your soil is neutral to alkaline soil. Yellow leaves can be a sign of iron deficiency and you may need to add acid (via peat moss, etc.).

Wisteria - where to plant in relation to supports

We just built a cedar arbour…8 ft X 8 ft. square, and 9 ft high. It's well anchored 4 ft. into the ground with 6X6 posts on cement 4 ft. down.
Sunny spot.
I have a wisteria patiently waiting to be planted. (Basically reason for arbor) Right now it's in a huge container and looking for a place to climb !
My question is: How "far away from the posts" should I plant this young plant to offer nicest growth conditions and aesthetics. My hope is that I can train it to grow up at least one of the supports…preferably two.


Wisteria-where to plant

Plant the wisteria not too far from one of the supports. It will need to be close to start climbing. Dig the hole about 1 foot out from the post.

Fourth bloom this year(2012)

It is July 18th in Saint Charles, MO. We have had 17 days of 95 + temps., yet my Wisteria has bloomed yet again....new blooms. I will need to move after 50 years here.............just lost my job. If anyone wants this beauty they are welcome to it......don't know if you can transplant??? It has grown to over 30' high
inside an adjacent Holly Tree.

River Birch base for Wisteria?

I live in Pensacola, Florida and have a 25-30 foot triple base River Birch right next to the house in the front yard. I am considering cutting it to about 8 feet tall (yes, I figure it will kill the tree) and using it for a climbing base for Wisteria... is this plausable?

Yes, wisteria will grow up a

Yes, wisteria will grow up a tree trunk. They love a strong trunk and thick lower branches so the flowers hang freely. We're wondering why you need to cut the tree down. You can help train the vine by hooking it against the branches you desire.

Sad Wisteria

I have a potted wisteria who was doing really well. I went out of town for about ten days and it clearly did not get any water while I was away. The leaves are now dried and curled up. Anyone have any suggestions on what I can do to save my plant friend??

Thanks you.

Yes, wisteria dries out

Yes, wisteria dries out quickly and does not like to be dry. Resume watering--and ensure your plant mix is fertile enough (1/3 soil, 1/3 sand and 1/3 organic matter). To revive the plant, try adding some slow release fertilizer pellets or rotted manure and fertilize with a water soluble fertilizer every two weeks. Make sure your container drains well so the roots don't stay wet and soggy.

Pea pods on my wisteria

My wisteria flowers very nicely every year. After flowering, however, I am left with 50+ pea pods. Am I supposed to cut these off afterwards? or should I just leave them for next year?

You can tidy up your wisteria

You can tidy up your wisteria by removing the pods with a pair of small pruning shears (secateurs) if you wish. However, don't cut the stems too far; there may be buds that will flower next spring. Leave an inch or two at the top. (You can also dry the pods and grow your own wisteria from seed!)

Pea pods on my wisteria

My wisteria has a lot of the pea pods hanging on it. I was wondering what to do with them. Can the pods be taken off and dried and the seeds planted.

Wisteria pods

Yes, wisteria is a legume! You can remove them with small pruning shears (be careful not to cut too far up the stem or you could remove buds). If you'd like to grow your own wisteria, you can collect the wisteria pods and dry them on a tray. Collect the pods after the leaves fall in autumn (so that they don't explode). Twist the pods open and plant the seeds about 1 inch deep in freely draining mix.

Yellow spots on leaves

My new wisteria has yellow spots on the leaves. Any ideas?

It is most likely leaf spots.

It is most likely leaf spots. These are dependent on the weather.

Some ways to help prevent leaf spots are to rake away dead leaves from underneath the plant, fertilize in the early Spring, proper pruning and fungicidal spray. We only recommend the spray in serious cases.

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Vine dead with new bottom growth

I have a beautiful established cine with a main trunk
That is about 5 " diameter . This year it never
Leafed out and I assumed it was dead. Now it has
Several new hardy shoots coming up from the bottom
Do I let these new shoots grow?

We recommend letting them

We recommend letting them grow. Sometimes, it can take a few years for new wisteria shoots to flower.

Be mindful of your pruning!

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Another question

So I leave the old vine and let the new growth
Wind up around it?

Yes, leave the old vine for

Yes, leave the old vine for now and let the new growth get established. You can prune the dead wood at a later date.

Planting in Pots??

Can a wisteria be successfully planted in large patio pots to climb up over a patia cover? Is there any special care for overwintering (zone 5)?


Luckily, wisteria is a natural vine - it tends to climb up about anything.

Also, wisteria doesn't need much protection for the winter. However, if you're concerned you can spread mulch around the plant to help protect it.

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Wisteria color

My wisteria flowers every year, but the purple color seems to be fading more each year. Is there a food to give it that will enhance it's color?


Make sure the plant is located in full Sun. You can also try adding phosphorous to the soil, which will help the bloom, and maybe the color!

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Grasshopper ate leaves on wisteria plant

This is the first year our wisteria bloomed and all of a sudden the leaves were stripped off on nearly the entire plant. All I found eating its leaves was one grasshopper. What can I spray this lovely plant with and will it get more blooms this year. mzroper@yahoo.com live in Baldwin MI

Pea pod on Wisteria

My wisteria has a few pea like hanging in and I wondered what they were, what they do and if they are eidble.


on the page it said poisonous


Never eat wisteria! The plant is very poisonous.

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I got a wisteria in a pot

I got a wisteria in a pot late last summer - it bloomed twice, still in pot (can't figure out where to plant and it's in full bloom again and has been in partial sun to shade. No I'm afraid if I plant it it wont bloom and really don't have any full sun spots where it can climb. Any suggestions?


When I bought my wisteria it basically looked like a stick stuck in a bag full of soil, when I went to plant it I took it out of the bag and there was no root ball, bulb or anything of that sort, it was just a stick in dirt, is this normal? I planted it. I don't know why because it makes no sense that it would grow without roots or seeds. Are they sold like that?

Yes, wisteria might first

Yes, wisteria might first appear as a long stick! Plant immediately and you should see growth soon--buds, leaves. Hope planting instructions were included.

Stick the stick? In the ground?

Yes, mine too looked like a stick (that came out of the bag)....I planted the dirt? Should I stick the stick back in the dirt also? (Or is there something in the soil????) I am confused.

Yes, plant in the ground.

Yes, plant in the ground. Pick a site that's 2 to 3 feet in diameter and 18 to 24 inches deep -- with full sun and deep, moist soil. They prefer a neutral to slightly acid soil pH of 6.0-7.0. Some type of support will be needed. Prepare the soil by mixing in some compost or well-rotted manure. Place the roots into the hole and fill with the mix of soil and compost. Water well. Make sure your plants gets 1 inch of water per week (through rainfall or irrigation).

Wisteria not Blooming

I have a wisteria and for the first 5 or so years after planting it, it grew, but never bloomed. I read an article just by chance that said to cut it back. I cut it back in the fall and the following spring it bloomed and has been blooming twice a year ever since. Cutting it back was the ticket.


strange but true - a nursery person advised me to wack my wisteria plant with a shovel at the end of the planting season (really hard) and low and behld ever since it has been blooming like crazy (guess it didn't want me to hit it again) honest - this is for real - I live in Famington, CT - hope this helps

Wacking your plant!!!

Where did yiu wack the plant? At the trunk, the top?

The root circle. Go several

The root circle. Go several feet from the trunk. Take a straight-edged shovel and drive it into the ground with about 4 staggered cuts. It causes stress to the plant and sometimes "wakes" it up.