Wisteria

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Botanical name: Wisteria

Plant type: Shrub

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Sun exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun

Flower color: Red, Blue, Purple, White

Bloom time: Spring

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.

Planting

  • 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.

Care

  • 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 aide 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.

Pests

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

Recommended Varieties

W. floribunda (Zones 5 to 9) of Japanese origin, is capable of growing 30 to 60 feet (and beyond in the South).

  • 'Honbeni' (syn. 'Honko') is one of our favorites, bearing clusters of pink flowers in late spring.
  • 'Alba' (syn. 'Shiro Noda') bears lovely clusters of pure-white clusters; it blooms in late spring.

W. macrostachya (Zones 4 to 9) or Kentucky wistera is a late-season bloomer. It climbs to about 25 feet.

  • 'Blue Moon' is an extra-hardy wisteria with silvery-blue clusters and blooms in late spring and often again in the summer.

Wit & Wisdom

Wisteria still not blooming? Some readers have sworn by this method: Take a shovel and drive it eight to ten inches into the ground about a foot and a half out from the trunk to slice into some of the roots. Damage about 1/2 of the roots and the bush will be shocked into reproduction. It is very difficult to hurt this rampantly-growing, unrestrained, often invasive plant.

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Comments

I live way down south in LA

By Kelly poteet on April 23

I live way down south in LA on the water - hot humid. I just purchased a Wisteria plant I would love to keep in a large pot. But I see they are susceptable to mealy bugs. I hate mealy bugs. I can't grow Hibiscus bushes because they get infested with mealy bugs and nothing stops them. Is it possible I could have the same problem with this Wisteria? And can it be kept in a large pot in full sun or does it require being put in the ground?

Well, this is the second time

By ginaleef on April 23

Well, this is the second time I've tried to post, so hopefully it will work!
I am fairly new to the gardening community and am looking for a vine/climber for the chain-link fence that borders my yard. I have had several recommendations for wisteria. I have some 4" plants on order from the Burpee website and am wondering how many Wisteria I should plant if I decide to go this route...I was thinking one in each corner of the yard. I have a fairly good-sized yard that sees sun all day in the back and most of the day (about 9am-sunset) in the front.
Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

Hi! I am fairly new to the

By ginaleef on April 23

Hi!
I am fairly new to the gardening world and am looking for a climbing/vine to plant along the chain-link fence that surrounds my yard. My yard sees sunlight all day in the back and over 6 hours in the front. I have several perennials on order from the Burpee website. According to the site, the plants ship 4" tall. I am considering Blue Moon Wisteria for my fence. Any recommendations as to how many plants I should plant along the fence? I have a fairly large yard and was thinking of putting one in each corner.
Ideas??
Thanks!

Last year we had flowers on

By pat hill on April 17

Last year we had flowers on the wisteria for the first time then they seemed to disappear. We think something ate them. Could it have been a squirrel? There is a squirrel that visits the garden regularly. Or could it be birds? Maybe we should try and net the wisteria when the flowers first appear. Advice needed. Thanks

The likelihood is that it was

By Almanac Staff on April 23

The likelihood is that it was birds that ate the flower buds. Try covering them, as you suggest.

My mother grew a Wisteria

By Angela Bennett on April 15

My mother grew a Wisteria started from a cutting given to her from my favorite aunt. Both are gone now and my father no longer wants the plant. He is just going to pull it out and kill it. It is about 20 years old and has a large trunk. Is there a way to successfully transplant? I know Wisteria vines are tough but this might be too much for it and I can't loose this plant. It is Spring here in Oklahoma and I have plenty of land so it can run free. I'm just wondering how much of the root ball should I leave on the plant or if there is a chance it will survive. I haven't been able to get a cutting to root and it hasn't produced seeds in years. Help. It's days are numbered!

Dig out a good-size piece, at

By Almanac Staff on April 22

Dig out a good-size piece, at least a half of the main plant, with 1 1/2 to 2 feet of root. Do not allow the roots to dry as you dig out and move away.
Replant at the same depth, with the same sunlight orientation. Water to soak the roots, and water every week until it gets established. Do not expect flowers for a couple or a few years.
 

When we bought our 140 yr old

By Amber Henderson on April 8

When we bought our 140 yr old home in the Central Coast area of California last October, we had to have it tented for termites. The large pergola attached to our home was tented along with the house. The pergola had an enormous wisteria covering the entirety of it. The leaves withered and fell off. It is now April and while other young wisteria in town have had blooms for a month, we see no signs of life in our old tree. In hopes of increasing chances of recovery, we have begun to cut off the thick mat of vines and cut back branches to the trunk. Is there anything else we can do to save this old wisteria?

It may be that borers got the

By Almanac Staff on April 23

It may be that borers got the best of it: Are there small holes in any branches and/or "dust" below them on the ground? Are there holes in the trunk? The tree may be finished, if so. And the pest might affect other plants.
This plant can also die at the root due to fungal damage. If your efforts show no satisfactory results, you might consider consulting a local nurseryman.
 

Hello, I planted my wisteria

By New Jersey on April 6

Hello, I planted my wisteria two years ago and it has grown to about 8 ft. tall on a small arbor. Now I have replaced the small arbor with a larger arbor but the base of the plant is about 2 ft. away from the side of the new arbor. Should I dig up the plant and replant it closer to the arbor or just train the vines from the position it is in now? Will the wisteria survive if I replant it?

Replanting it is certainly an

By Almanac Staff on April 23

Replanting it is certainly an option. Be sure to get about two-thirds of the root, and be ready to wait a year or two for it to return to normal growth. Training would appear to be an option (not knowing what else is in place or involved at your site).
Have you considered moving the large arbor closer to the plant?

I live in Texas and recently

By Atexasparker on March 28

I live in Texas and recently bought a house with a lovely old wisteria bush growing in the front yard. I was not sure what it was until it started blooming. I cut it back a small amount and it has a few blooms on it, but nothing like some of the others in the area (which have tons of blooms). It seems that I should have cut it back a bit more. Since it has started blooming, is it too late to prune it more aggressively. Should I cut it back or wait until fall?

We'd suggest that you prune

By Almanac Staff on April 2

We'd suggest that you prune your wisteria twice a year:
1) AFTER it blooms in July or August. (It sets buds in autumn for next spring's blooms.)  Just cut back the whippy green shoots of the current year's growth to the first 5 buds on the branch (starting from the base). Also, prune out any straggly, long shoots from the base of the plant that don't contribute to the framework.
2) Then, prune more severely in the winter when it's dormant.
Cut back the same stems down to 2 or 3 buds. So, you'll probably be cutting back those soots to one-third or one-half of their length.
If you didn't do the winter pruning, it should be fine to do this in the late summer, but perhaps you take it one step at a time. Of course, lots of bright sun is also needed for flowering so make sure your wisteria is not in shade.

Would Blue Moon Wisteria be a

By Joan Ketchen

Would Blue Moon Wisteria be a good choice to help secure a river bank? The soil is somewhat sandy and alkaline.

Wisteria is generally a great

By Almanac Staff

Wisteria is generally a great choice to halt river bank erosion.

My house was destroyed in the

By Ann P

My house was destroyed in the Okla. tornado last year and my two large wisterias that were on my arbor were severely damaged. In order to remove the debris, they were cut and are now about 5' high. The problem is the tornado moved them backward in the ground and they are not upright. I'm not sure whether to force them back upright, my husband tried with one and there was a cracking noise, or what to do. Do I cut them down completely and start over or try to move them back upright and possibly break them?

Hi Ann, It's not good to

By Almanac Staff

Hi Ann,
It's not good to force them back upright. Instead tie a heavy rope around the trunk and anchor it in the direction you wish the tree to go. Use a piece of garden hose around the rope where it touches the tree to protect it. Tighten the rope a little every few weeks to pull it back upright.

We live in Central FL, on a

By Naomi C

We live in Central FL, on a small lake, in a subdivision. I was thinking of planting Wisteria. You mention that is can be considered invasive.
Is there any Wisteria that is non invasive in FL? How hard is it to keep it from spreading to the neighbors property?

Yes, there are native

By Almanac Staff

Yes, there are native wisteria, W. frutescens, that grow in Florida. Ask at your local garden center. It's good that you are avoiding invasive wisteria as they will become a real problem in your area.

Perennials that grow well

By Tammy Hyland

Perennials that grow well with Wisteria? We have 3 Wisteria vines that were planted about 6 years ago. They bloom nicely, each on one corner of our pergola. They are planted in a flower bed that used to grow Black Eyed Susans. I noticed over the last couple of years that the Black Eyed Susans appeared to be dying. They looked so bad last year, I dug them all up. Are there any perennials that can share space with Wisteria vines, or does the Wisteria basically choke everything else around it? If perennials won't survive, can I plant annuals in the flower bed? I also noticed the 2 clematis vines that were climbing a couple of the pergola beams are also no longer alive.

I live in East Texas And have

By Plant Problems

I live in East Texas And have a white wisteria and two purple ones. Noticed while pruning that vines on all three had been chewed almost in half. I cut it back. Got a clue what it could be?

The culprits could be deer.

By Almanac Staff

The culprits could be deer. To deter deer, you might need tree protectors made from wire or plastic, placed at least 6 feet high.

I would like to plant

By Joe Morocco

I would like to plant Wisteria in the Catskill region of NY. However, there are a number of Black Walnut trees nearby that seem to be toxic to other plants. Will they affect Wisteria? Also, do deer eat the plants as we have many deer around.

That's a good question.

By Almanac Staff

That's a good question. Wisteria should be tolerant of nearby Black Walnut trees. See this list:

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/fletcher/staff/rbir/blackwalnutcompanions.html

In terms of deer, there isn't really a plant that deer won't eat, however, wisteria is in the category of "plants seldom damaged" so it's one of the safer ones!

Hi I am new to California. I

By ravi

Hi I am new to California. I have a white wisteria plant in my backyard. I believe it is about 10 years old. It lost all its leaves in winter and looks all dry now. Is this normal to lose leaves? When will new leaves come?

Hi Ravi,congratulations! The

By Malo on April 4

Hi Ravi,congratulations! The white ones are SUPER fragrant!...being a 3rd generation Californian, just want to add that the weather varies considerably from coast to inland., and from north to south. Most deciduous plants here in N. Cali go yellow in fall, and lose their leaves. Depending on your location, they may have a very early bloom time, or a April may one.Enjoy

It is normal for wisteria to

By Almanac Staff

It is normal for wisteria to lose its leaves in autumn/winter. You want to prune new growth back to about 12 inches from the old growth in the fall. Then, in February or March, prune that growth back to within a few buds to spur strong flower production.

I am trying to clear my

By A.L.A.

I am trying to clear my grandparents yard from what seems to be an invasive wisteria. The house has been empty for a number of years. The wisteria seems to have shoots going all over the yard. The main trunk is in front of the old house and I would like to keep it. How do I get rid of all the shoots in the yard and prevent them from returning?

This is a common problem. It

By Almanac Staff

This is a common problem. It is the nature of the plant to send up shoots after a few years of apparent controlled growth. The best solution that we know is to use the "cut stump" treatment: Cut the shoot stem, or trunk, close to the ground and as level as possible. Then, immediately paint on a herbicide that contains triclopyr. (Do not do this in rain or when rain is forecast.) Consult a nursery for a product; most are known as stump or bruch killers.
BTW, this same process is recommended for eliminating the mother plant, or main stem. Be aware that as long as you have the main plant, you will probably continue to see shoots both near and far from it.

Hello,I am english but moved

By ron.fothergill

Hello,I am english but moved to France 10 yrs back..I,m only a novice gardener but was looking on the internet for some information on the plant Wisteria and found your website..It is by far the best site I have ever seen & the amount of information is incredible..Thanking you, I have put a shortcut for this site & will be most certainly use it again
Best regards Ron Fothergill

HELP!!!! I AM IN AUSTRALIA -

By Diane Ware

HELP!!!! I AM IN AUSTRALIA - BEGINNING OF SUMMER (DEC) AND MY BEAUTIFUL WISTERIA(fLORIBUNDA CARNEA) HAS SUDDENLY BECOME STRESSED AND ALL THE LEAVES HAVE WITHERED. IT HAS AN IDENTICAL PLANT CLOSE BY (APPROX 4 FT) AND IT IS IN PERFECT CONDITION. IT IS A HOT DAY WITH A SLIGHT NORTHERLY BREEZE. CAN SOMEONE TELL ME PLEASE WHAT TO DO TO SAVE THIS MAGNIFICENT PLANT - IT IS QUITE LARGE AND HALF COVERING A BUDDHA PERGOLA AND LOOKS BEAUTIFUL. I RANG LOCAL NURSERY THEY TOLD ME TO PUT SOME SEASOL ON IT FOR WHICH I HAVE, ALONG WITH NUMEROUS BUCKETS OF WATER TO TRY TO HYDRATE IT. HOPE SOMEONE CAN HELP ME BEFORE IT DIES. THANKYOU. DIANE

Throught out every Winter,

By Louis Luna

Throught out every Winter, here in Massachusetts, I save all my coffee grounds, egg shells. butt mostly coffee grounds, so that in the spring I can spread them into all my out door plants, such a my 3 favriot plants, Rose of Sharon's, Wisteria Tree, & Rodademdra tree. I also put the coffee grounds in my grass, Trumpet Vine's, Tiger lilly's, Stella dora's, black eye susan's. it really does work for me here, & if you love your plants as I do, take this advise, it can't hurt. I promise!!! I wish you all the luck with your tree plant. LUNA.

I live in Michigan and last

By Nancy Ratliff

I live in Michigan and last night we had a terrible wind and rain storm. The wind knocked down the trellis I have my wisteria on causing the base of the trunk to split. What can I do to save the plant?

Because it's hard to advise

By Almanac Staff

Because it's hard to advise without seeing the actual damage, for best advice, we'd recommend talking to a horticulturist who can examine the plant.
 
In general, wisterias can usually survive being pruned almost to the ground. As long as the roots are intact, they should send up shoots next season; it may take a few years, however, for the vine to bloom again. If you want to use this method, cut below the area of trunk damage.
 
If you want to try to save the main trunk of the vine, success will depend on how much damage the plant has sustained. In certain cases, the damaged trunk can be wrapped temporarily with special material for this purpose to help it to heal. Also, certain supports might be needed. A horticulturist would know the best method for your situation, and how to help prevent insects and diseases from entering the wound.
 
To alleviate plant stress, keep the plant watered (a normal amount) for the rest of the autumn. Provide some winter protection, such as about 6 inches of mulch and a windbreak. Remove them in spring as temperatures warm.

I live in Wisconsin, just

By Jenny s

I live in Wisconsin, just moved onto a house at the end of July that we found out has a wisteria plant growing on the backside of the house (facing south), according to the neighbor it blooms well. I'm wondering how I should best care for it. The house was vacant for over a year and if it was on a trellis it was removed (it appears a little over grown and strangling other plants). Should I put in a trellis? If so how tall? When and how should I prune it? Should I instead consider moving the plant to another location? Any other considerations? Please keep in mind I'm an amateur with a black thumb. Thankyou!

Hi, Jenny, You'll need to

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Jenny, You'll need to prune the wisteria. In late winter (Jan/Feb), cut the shoots back to about 3 buds from the base to create short, flowering spurs. Remove long shoots from the base of the plants.
Ideally, you'll prune twice a year--down to 6 buds in August and down to 3 buds in late winter.
Training against a south-facing wall is perfect for wisteria. Support can be provided with an espalier--with horizontal support wires (3mm galvanised steel) set one foot apart.

Recent pruning of my 50+ year

By Julie Anderson

Recent pruning of my 50+ year old wisteria found the core is hollow. I see no bugs in or on it. Should the center be left alone or should I pour cement or close the top opening some other way. Thank you

Cut off as much as you can of

By Almanac Staff

Cut off as much as you can of the hollow stem. Remove as much of the dead wood as you can, cutting back to healthy looking wood. If it shows any sign of rot or decay next spring you need to cut it all out.

Will wisteria grow in

By Will Wisteria grow

Will wisteria grow in tropical countries?

I purchased a wisteria in

By susie h

I purchased a wisteria in july at nursery and its still in the pot. I am wondering if its too late to plant it now and if so how do I make sure it survives all winter? I live on the Oregon coast and it's very wet here.
thanks for any help

It's better for the plant to

By Almanac Staff

It's better for the plant to be in the ground. It needs to go dormant in the winter. Plant the wisteria as soon as possible in the ground in an area that is not too wet and add some mulch around it.

My wisteria blooms fantastic

By Thomas Rijnders

My wisteria blooms fantastic every year. Now i found a stinking wound that ouses. It smells like fisch. What is it and what can I do? Help?

Your wisteria may have a

By Almanac Staff

Your wisteria may have a fungus that causes cankers, which are sunken areas that may weep sap. If it is on a branch you can try to cut it out or remove the entire branch.

I have successfully grown my

By Neverland

I have successfully grown my wisteria for the last 6 years and it has an abundance of flowers twice a year... my neighbours now cut half my plant to nothing and keep chopping large chunks off the plant on their side of the fence. We have placed the plant strategically to provide privacy and cover the untoward behaviours of these neighbours. They cut without even asking. Can it affect the growth and flowering?? Should we get another plant ??

Wisteria can survive severe

By Almanac Staff

Wisteria can survive severe pruning once it's established as it's quite vigorous. We're not clear what type of wisteria you have, but be aware that the lovely wisteria common throughout the Southeast is actually an invasive. It should not be grown in between properties as it will grow very rapidly, shade other plants, and even kill trees if allowed to grow unchecked. The less common American wisteria is not invasive, and can be found through some nurseries, although it is not as fragrant.

My pink wisteria which has

By Sue Davison

My pink wisteria which has always flowered prolifically produced seed pods after flowering which I left on the vine. Now it has not produced any flower buds this Spring, should I cut it back hard for next season?

Yes, we would prune severely.

By Almanac Staff

Yes, we would prune severely. As soon as possible (late summer), shorten the current years growth to a foot (about 6 buds). This will help to promote flower bud formation. You can cut these shoots back to 1 to 2 inches (2 to 3 buds) in early spring again to further shape the plant.

I just planted a wisteria at

By EricC

I just planted a wisteria at the base of my pergola in full sun today(August 28th). I read on this site that I should prune it soon. Does that still apply when its planted in the fall? If so, how much should I prune it back?

We wouldn't worry about

By Almanac Staff

We wouldn't worry about pruning a new vine. However, you will want to train it to climb the pergola. Select a vigorous, upright stem to serve as the main leader and attach this to the support. Remove other side shoots. Keep training the main leader upward and the new side branches as needed to form a framework to fit your space (allow about 18 inches between side branches).

I planted two wisterias on

By Debbie Patterson Dunphy

I planted two wisterias on either side of a archway this past spring. One of them had a beautiful purple bloom on it(that smelt heavenly) but no other blooms appears this year. My concern is that these plants won't survive our harsh winters here in New Brunswick, Canada. I don't really want to bring them inside but if I cover them well, will they come back next year or will the frost kill them ?? Please Advise

Hi, Debbie, It is a very good

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Debbie, It is a very good idea to "winter-proof" your winteria in Canada. Here are a few tips:  1. Provide plenty of water in the autumn for its roots. 2. Add a deep layer of organic mulch for the winter (about 15 cm deep) to insulate the plant. 3. Consider building a temporary shelter to shelter your wisteria. Put 4 stakes around the wisteria and wrap a frost blanket around them; fill with dried leaves. If the wisteria was downwind of an evergreen windbreak, that would protect it, too.

I have a vine that is

By Sue Reitz

I have a vine that is about3-4 years old. It blooms nicely. Should I remove the seed pods?

It's really up to you. If you

By Almanac Staff

It's really up to you. If you find them bothersome, cut them. If you don't, keep them on. If you do cut the pods, just be careful that you do not to cut the stems back too far if you want to keep all the buds which will bloom next year.

I PLANTED A WISTERIA VINE

By Pearlene Dyar

I PLANTED A WISTERIA VINE ABOUT 5 YEAR AGO IT HAS NOT BLOOMED YET CAN YOU TELL ME HOW LONG IT TAKES

It depends on the variety and

By Almanac Staff

It depends on the variety and how old the plant was when you bought it. A Wisteria sinensis cutting takes about 4 to 5 years before it blooms. Sunlight, pruning and fertilizing can also make a difference. See our tips above about caring for a wisteria.

We drastically cut back our

By Linda Grzybek

We drastically cut back our wisteria this past year and got more flowers than ever. There are now three pods hanging. What are these? We are in the Buffalo, NY area.

My Japanese Wisteria has pods

By Pamela Sur

My Japanese Wisteria has pods hanging and I'm not sure what they are and what to do with them. Even though it has been re planted in a much bigger pot it is now quite root bound again, shall I put a spade down around 1 foot deep? Thank you Pamela

My wisteria bloomed for the

By Carole Rudd

My wisteria bloomed for the first time this spring! Now it is August and it is blooming again! Is this normal? Not that I am anything but thrilled, I was under the impression that it was just a spring bloomer?

The same happen with me

By Ghada Annab

The same happen with me

My Wisteria has for the last

By Ineke

My Wisteria has for the last 25 years flowered for the second time in August if the summer is hot and sunny. Some of this second flush metamorphose into long seed pods - though I have never succeeded to make these grow. The flowers are darker the second time, and are always a wonderful surprise.

We have a wisteria which has

By Carol F

We have a wisteria which has done well for the past 4 years and so far this year, however, about a week ago the leaves began to turn yellow and the tree began to dry up even though we are watering it on a regular basis. We do not see any disease, just need advice on which way to turn. All advice welcome.

I'm having the same problem

By elaine bald

I'm having the same problem with my new (ist year) wisteria. yellow leaves, spindly. The one beside it is thriving. if you find out what to do please let me know.

my leaves are all brown on

By John Carlovitch

my leaves are all brown on tips one new shoot as flowers on it.

I planted a very tiny

By Shelia Keeing

I planted a very tiny wisteria about 13 maybe more years ago. It has grown like wildfire and overtaken some minor tall shrub like trees and latches on to anything it can. BUT.. no sign or hint of a bloom.. I have never pruned it. What would be the first step in cutting it back to encourage flowers?

Can you grow wisteria as a

By valerie_m59

Can you grow wisteria as a tree?

Yes I had a big bunch of

By Lisa Vinson

Yes I had a big bunch of vines about 10 years ago that were given to me when they were getting rid of them. I cut the long vines away, keeping the thickest part and kept pruning the smaller vines. I had it planted in a corner and the center kept thickening. You then keep pruning it to keep the size and shape you want. In the summer keep up with the pruning or the vines will grab anything it can. I hated that I couldn't take my wisteria tree with me when I moved.

I have a beautiful 5 year old

By Sonja Ure

I have a beautiful 5 year old wisteria in my back yard. I have noticed 2 large (4 inch) burls growing from the side of the woody stock. Is this a fungus? What do I do to treat it?

My recently planted

By Alice Mulligan

My recently planted wisteria's leaves are turning yellow. What is happening?

might be too much

By santos

might be too much fertilizer

it can yellow leaves fast

I live in South Carolina and

By Gina B

I live in South Carolina and love wisteria! I want one, but really do not have a "porch" or covered deck for one. I do have a wood fence. I could grow it on the fence. Can I grow a wisteria in a platter with a trellis? Also, did I see where they are toxic to cats?
Thank you!

Wisteria grows best if

By Almanac Staff

Wisteria grows best if planted in the ground, and adapts well to a sturdy fence in full or part sun. But, it can be grown in a planter, too. 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.
 
Please be aware that all parts of wisteria, especially the seeds, are poisonous to cats, dogs, and other animals if ingested. It is also dangerous for children, who are sometimes tempted by the seeds; just two seeds may cause serious illness. In adults, mild to severe digestive distress may occur.
 
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/wisteria
 
http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/pets/poisonous_plants.pdf

are the flowers on all the

By sandy tuffs

are the flowers on all the varieties look the same ?

Being all part of the same

By Almanac Staff

Being all part of the same genus, all wisteria flowers will have a similar structure. However, between the different species and cultivars, there will also be differences, such as color, fragrance intensity, flower cluster length, size of individual flowers, bloom time, whether all the flowers in a cluster open at about the same time or individuals at one end of the cluster open first; etc. When purchasing a wisteria, check out mailorder catalog descriptions, or ask a local nursery about the different varieties availalble.

I planted a wisteria this

By Leoreif

I planted a wisteria this spring. When working with the leader I broke it off. since then it just puts out leafs and has not restarted a climbing leader. i tried trimming back the leaf shoots with no results. The second wisteria I planted has shot up the the climbing wire 10 feet and is growing nicely.

It's hard to tell what's

By Almanac Staff

It's hard to tell what's happening without actually seeing the plant. However, you probably need to train one of the laterals to be upright to take the place of the other. Tie one of the laterals to the vertical wire and trim off all other laterals to 2 or 3 buds. The lateral should, over time, adjust to its new upright orientation. When it reaches the desired height, stop it from growing further by keeping it trimmed to 4 or 5 buds. Next, allow a few laterals to grow horizontally, which encourages flowering. Follow yearly maintenance pruning.

A friend suggested that I

By Katherine Barnes

A friend suggested that I soak the pods off of theirs, any help would be appreciated! Thank you

I have successfully grown

By Heidi Peters on April 16

I have successfully grown wisteria from their seeds. For best results soak the seeds until a tiny sprout appears...this last batch took about 1 1/2 months! I planted them 2 weeks ago and some of them are already 3 inches tall. Good luck! I just do it because I enjoy the challenge, don't mind waiting a good many years to see if and when they'll bloom.

To plant wisteria from seed,

By Almanac Staff

To plant wisteria from seed, you can harvest the dried pods from a plant, remove the seeds, and soak them in warm water for 24 hours. This will help them to germinate. After the soak, plant them about 1/4 inch deep in pots filled with moist potting mix. Cover pots with plastic wrap, place in direct light in a warm room. Keep the potting mix moist but not wet. Remove the plastic wrap when seedlings appear.
 
Keep in mind that plants grown from seed may take 10 or more years to mature, and will not flower beforehand. (Cuttings are a much quicker way to propagate wisteria.) Also, depending on what the parent plant was, the seeds may not produce plants that look like the parent.

I bought 4" amethyst fall

By Shanbhag

I bought 4" amethyst fall wisteria wine from amazon.com last month. Just two shoots came out so far and the growth has halted.Also, yello/brown spots are on the leaves. Is there anything I can do to make it grow faster? Do I need to dig and bring it in before frost?

It may take a bit of time for

By Almanac Staff

It may take a bit of time for the wisteria to get established. Water when soil is dry. You do not need to dig the wisteria in the fall. If you live in a region with very cold winters add a layer of mulch around the bush in the fall.

I recently (spring) planted a

By CindyHB

I recently (spring) planted a wisteria in our front yard. It is only about 4 ft tall right now, but does not look as vibrant as it once did. Some of the leaves have started to turn yellow, and it has not had any flowers for some time now. It does have a little new growth (mostly small leaves) but has not really increased in height. We are in Central Texas, and the wisteria has full sun.

Make sure that you water when

By Almanac Staff

Make sure that you water when the soil is dry but don't let the roots sit in water. Also check for bugs.

I purchased a wisteria from

By snave51

I purchased a wisteria from my local nursery that is growing in a pot with an iron trellis. It is doing well AND I am so excited to see blooms after only a few months. No questions at this point. I have reviewed the Q & A's so have learned a few things. Thank you for the information.

I need to cut my wisteria as

By molliemollie

I need to cut my wisteria as it is trained to grow against my house. My house needs essential repairs. From the root there are 4 stems ,(main branches). If I cut these, will the wisteria grow again?

It is highly likely that your

By Almanac Staff

It is highly likely that your wisteria will grow back again. It can be difficult to eliminate.

when the wisteria tree(vine

By martha maynard

when the wisteria tree(vine or shrub) goes to seed; do I have to let them dry out still on the tree or can I take them off and let them dry out? I bought one from the store but apparently it was already dead just a twig in dirt. I have wanted one for as long as I can remember please help me so that I can have one

I took green pods from my

By Kimberly Ingram

I took green pods from my mom's wisteria and dried them at home... until the seeds popped out on their own. It took several months for them to pop out. Then I planted a few of the seeds and took the healthiest one to the yard this year.

Yes, wisteria might first

By Almanac Staff

Yes, wisteria might first appear as a long stick! 
You are planting grafted wisteria. Just set it right into your prepared soil so the graft union is slightly below the soil surface. 
We normally plant in the spring, however, wisteria can be planted in the fall, too. 
Wisteria prefer soil that drains well—moist, not soggy or wet; start with grafted plants or those produced from cuttings rather than those grown from seed.

Our Wisteria is putting out

By Juanita Carson

Our Wisteria is putting out pods. It has never done this before. Can you get a plant from the seeds? When are the seeds mature? This is a purple variety and it is over 10 years old. Thanks for any info that you can give me.

Juanita

Yes, wisteria grows pea like

By Almanac Staff

Yes, wisteria grows pea like flowers and its fruit is a long pod. This is normal. To grow wisteria, you start with grafted plants or those produced from cuttings rather than those grown from seed.

Hello, I plant a wisteria

By Lucian Crisan

Hello,

I plant a wisteria this year and for a time I've saw that on the leaves has some brown dots.
This dots appear after a bug treatment with Milbeknock.

Could be this a source of the brown dots?

Thanks and regards,
Lucian

Brown spots can be signs of a

By Almanac Staff

Brown spots can be signs of a fungal infection. Make sure it's getting enough water but also that it is watered at the soil line and the leaves aren't getting wet. If this is a fungus, you'd want to prune affected leaves and also prune the vine to help airflow. However, we'd recommend that you provide a sample to your cooperative extension service to get a diagnosis.

My wisteria is from the roots

By Karen Manning

My wisteria is from the roots of our "family" wisteria. My husband's great grandmother had it in her yard. My Father-in-law has had his for years and blooms on occasion...when he has not pruned it to a stump. We have had our for a few years and I believe it has plenty of sunshine. It has grown like wild fire but still no flowers. Help, please...

It can take a few years

By Almanac Staff

It can take a few years before the wisteria blooms. Scratch a couple of cups of bone meal into the soil around the plant to encourage blooms. Also add compost to the soil every year.

I started wisteria from a

By rose in NH

I started wisteria from a pod. Three seeds
O my, there all progressing. Started them under a blue curly bulb, now 10,12 & 15in.
I have them in pots in the entry way to keep an eye on them ev day. Now were to plant them, i live in a condo.these are my latest babies. I have a home built trellis out back but not enought sun.my quandary!

We just moved to a house that

By Kayla

We just moved to a house that has wisteria in the front and back yard in Southern Ohio. I have never had one. They both seem like they were planted and then never pruned. It seems like its been there for quite a few years. Is there any hope of pruning it back and trying to make it go on a trellis? I don't want to completely take it out but I'm not sure what to do with it. Help! :)

It's best to grow wisteria

By Almanac Staff

It's best to grow wisteria away from buildings and trees, and instead on a trellis or trained as a single-stemmed "tree" standard, because the vigorous vines can cause damage otherwise. If you set up a trellis/arbor, make sure it is extra sturdy for these heavy vines.

To rejuvenate overgrown wisteria, you can prune back hard (prune all shoots off the main trunk down to 3 or 5 buds, or instead, about 3 feet below where you want the mature length to be. Cut the main branches back to 4 to 6 feet. Remove all suckers). However, with this method you may not have blooms for a few years.

A more gradual approach is below. This method is also suggested for yearly maintenance:

1) in July or August (about 2 months after flowering is over): cut each lateral shoot down to about 5 or 6 buds, or about 1 foot in length from the main branch. Remove any suckers.

2) in January or February (when dormant): Cut each lateral shoot that had been pruned in summer down to about 2 or 3 buds. Remove suckers. Cut back any shoots that had emerged after summer pruning down to about 5 or 6 buds.

Can you take cuttings from

By sarah-jane hills

Can you take cuttings from Wisteria?

Thanks for the question and

By Regina Bragg

Thanks for the question and the two reply's. I've tried three or four different ways to take cuttings and have yet to get one cutting to take off. Can you please give me insight as to how to start a cutting? I've tried to put it in water, directly from plant to dirt, from plant to dirt with easy start powder. The last with the best result but they all died in one day after showing promise by living almost two weeks.

Yes! Take cuttings of the

By Almanac Staff

Yes! Take cuttings of the stem tips in the summer. Planting a wisteria that has been grown from a cutting gives you a head start and much easier than growing from seed.

In reply to the question of

By Jesse Hirshon

In reply to the question of can you take cuttings from wisterias, yes you can. often, nursery's will use cuttings of wisterias as they are difficult to grow from seed

My wysteriais growing great,

By Kittyann

My wysteriais growing great, but the leaves are a little brown and crunchy on the ends. Does that mean not enough water ? We planted them this spring, we had a olate freeze. But they are growing great, no flowers though.

A common reason for wisteria

By Almanac Staff

A common reason for wisteria to have brown leaf edges is that it's too dry and needs more water. Brown edges could also result from too much fertilizer.

can you twist wisteria stems

By tom c

can you twist wisteria stems to make a standard like you do with fig trees if you can could I do it with a white and blue wisteria (which I plan to buy) and possibly a red wisteria too to make a multi-coloured wisteria can you help me please?.

I'm looking to join the

By CBBlaptop

I'm looking to join the wisteria club!
However I want a tree, not a climber. Is there something different in the name I should be looking for? Please help!

A wisteria is a vine.

By Almanac Staff

A wisteria is a vine. However, you can train it to a tree form. It takes a lot of diligent pruning as it's not a natural tree. Try Googling 'wisteria standard' or wisteria tree form" to explore this approach.

My wisteria is dying. It was

By DEBLAMKIN

My wisteria is dying. It was fine last week today the leaves are crispy. It has never bloomed. I live in Las Vegas and I love my wisteria. can someone recommend something.

Hi I live in Wales uk,Where

By Ceri

Hi
I live in Wales uk,Where our Summer of late is very wet,And the Autum also very wet,My Wistaria thrives in this climate,I really have to cut back really severe,In Spring 6buds+July 12buds then 2buts every 2weeks,On new growth,My tip plenty of water drown it,Potash every 2wks+Prune hard don,t be afraid of being to hard on her,Mine flowers in Late May with a stunning show of light Blue,Let me know atb Ceri

I orderered and planted a 3 &

By robertsiver@hotmail.comSiver

I orderered and planted a 3 & 1/2 foot Wisteria from Brighter Blooms nursery on May 1st of this year the plant arrived with a nice rootball and has plenty of nubs where it has grown in the past. I have had the plant in the ground for about a month nd it is showing no signs of life. should I be concerned? How long until I see leaves I know flowers will be a while any help would be greatly appreciated

I see where people comment on

By Viki Riggs

I see where people comment on waiting years for their wisteria to bloom. We have it growing wild here in South Carolina. I have growing low to the ground what looks like miniature sized wisteria...is there such a thing? The leaves look the same and the cascading blooms also look what vines way up the trees and grows everywhere here looks like, but just small and it's all low to the ground. These little bloom clusters are a washed out lavender.

American wisteria (Wisteria

By Almanac Staff

American wisteria (Wisteria frutescens) grows as a wildflower in your area, and can grow 6 feet to 45 feet. Flower racemes can grow 2 to 10 inches long. Chinese and Japanese wisteria, which have naturalized, are both listed as a threat in South Carolina because they are invasive. There is a miniature wisteria cultivar, ‘Kofuji', thought to be a Chinese wisteria, although I don't think it would have escaped to the wild. If the plant is only in your yard, perhaps that is it, or something similar. It is often used for bonsai, growing 8 to 12-inch stems; about 2 feet wide and tall habit. Also, some wisteria varieties can be used as ground covers. Or, another possibility is that it is a wisteria-lookalike.

Does anyone know where I can

By Jayme Frucci

Does anyone know where I can get a yellow wisteria?

The yellow wisteria like

By Almanac Staff

The yellow wisteria like plant is the Golden chain tree [Laburnum anagyroides vossi] and seeds can be bought from Amazon.com or
http://www.jlhudsonseeds.net.

my wisteria id 10 yrs old and

By aggrivated

my wisteria id 10 yrs old and never bloomed. On the trellis i have one on one side and one on the other side. Right now it is an enormous beautiful vine over the trellis, very healthy looking no blooms. Can wisteria be baron ? I would like this to bloom, what can I do ?

Wisteria needs full sun to

By Almanac Staff

Wisteria needs full sun to bloom. Scratch a couple of cups of bone meal into the soil around the plant to encourage blooms. Also make sure to add compost to the soil every year.

My wisteria hasn't gotten any

By RaeLene Johnson

My wisteria hasn't gotten any leaves on it yet this year. It was late last year, but I am worried it has died. How will I know or what should I do?

my wisteria started to fall.

By vicki lewis

my wisteria started to fall. then i noticed that it was lying on the ground. when i went to check it, it was broken at the roots. did it get too wet? is there any hope for it?

I planted my wisteria about

By sandy carpenter

I planted my wisteria about eight years ago and it bloomed the next year. This year it is the most beautiful I have seen. The fragrance is alittle overwhelming after awhile but it didnt seem to bother the family of robins nesting in it. i am going to try to get a start from it for my cousin.

My wisteria smells like cat

By Helen Elizabeth

My wisteria smells like cat pee when it blooms. What is wrong with it? It blooms in May here in Middle Tennessee.

There are a few reports that

By Almanac Staff

There are a few reports that American wisteria (W. frutescens), especially 'Amethyst Falls', has a disagreeable odor, such as smelling like cat urine. However, other people who have grown them have not had that experience. Could your wisteria possibly be an American type?

Forgot to say..I am in NY

By florrie

Forgot to say..I am in NY State..

Transplanting wisteria

By Anonymous

When transplanting, will it bloom the following year or will it take another 7 years to bloom again?

Wisteria growing into a Palo Verde tree

By Anonymous

My wisteria in Carefree, AZ, likes to shoot up into the nearby palo verde tree. Should I allow it to do that or pull those out of the tree. Thanks in advance for your reply.

We suggest that you prune the

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

wisteria blooms

By Anonymous

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

By Anonymous

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

By Anonymous

Will Wisteria grow in soil that is part clay?

Yes. All the soil where I

By Anonymous

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

Dieback ?

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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?

By Anonymous

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)

By Anonymous

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

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

By Anonymous

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

By Anonymous

Will wisteria flower if it's planted in container?

Wisteria grows best if

By Almanac Staff

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.

wisteria

By Anonymous

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

Freezing threat to blooms!

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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?

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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.

seeds

By Anonymous

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?

By Anonymous

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

Wisteria in NY

By Anonymous

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

By florrie

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

We have a nursery that has a

By Anonymous

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

Wisteria

By Anonymous

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

Amazon sells seeds

By Anonymous

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

Got mine from qvc.com

By Anonymous

Got mine from qvc.com

Try a mail order place such

By Catherine Boeckmann

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.

leaves

By Anonymous

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?

Wisteria flowering

By Anonymous

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

They are very similar. Their

By Catherine Boeckmann

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?

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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!

wisteria color

By Anonymous

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.

Thank you for the

By Anonymous

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 Won't Grow

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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.

Spring

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

Squirrel ate nearly all the buds!

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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.

Animals

By Anonymous

Is Wysteria poisonous to dogs?

Wisteria is moderately toxic

By Almanac Staff

Wisteria is moderately toxic to animals and more toxic to humans. Some of the symptoms would include digestive upset, or colic.

wisteria runs wild

By Anonymous

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

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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.

By Anonymous

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

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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!!!.

By Anonymous

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.

Seeds

By Anonymous

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

Teach an old wisteria new tricks?

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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.

If you prune to 4 buds in

By Anonymous

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

It is best to prune wisteria

By Almanac Staff

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.

snowblower damage

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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.

Pop up ads

By Anonymous

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

Re: won't be back to this site

By Anonymous

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.

did i kill my wisteria??

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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?

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

TO MANY WISTERIAS!!!

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

Wisteria's toxicity

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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.

runners

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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?

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

yellow leaves

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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.).

Wisteria

By Anonymous

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

wisteria roots

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

By Janice Stillman

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!

Wisteria

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

By Sarah Perreault

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

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Lenny Brooklyn

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

By Almanac Staff

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?

By Anonymous

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.

By Almanac Staff

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...

By Anonymous

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

By Catherine Boeckmann

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

By Anonymous

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.

wisteria

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By debdayton

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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.

-Paula

Wisteria-where to plant

By Almanac Staff

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)

By Anonymous

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?

By terrywayne

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

It is most likely leaf spots.

By Almanac Staff

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.

Thank you for your interest in the Old Farmer's Almanac and our Web site.

Vine dead with new bottom growth

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

Be mindful of your pruning!

Thank you for your interest in the Old Farmer's Almanac and our Web site.

Another question

By Anonymous

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

Yes, leave the old vine for

By Almanac Staff

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??

By Anonymous

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)?

Wisteria

By Almanac Staff

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.

Thank you for your interest in the Old Farmer's Almanac and our Web site.

Wisteria color

By Anonymous

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?

Wisteria

By Almanac Staff

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!

Thanks for your interest in the Old Farmer's Almanac and our Web site.

Grasshopper ate leaves on wisteria plant

By Anonymous

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

By Anonymous

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

Wisteria

By Almanac Staff

Never eat wisteria! The plant is very poisonous.

Thanks for your interest in the Old Farmer's Almanac and our Web site.

no

By Anonymous

on the page it said poisonous

I got a wisteria in a pot

By Anonymous

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?

wisteria

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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?

By Anonymous

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.

By Almanac Staff

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

By Cindy Clark

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.

Wisteria

By Jean Mccarthy

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!!!

By Anonymous

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

The root circle. Go several

By Almanac Staff

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.

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