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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.


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


  • Each spring, apply a layer of compost under the plant and a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds.
  • Some gardeners swear by phosphorus to 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.


  • 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.


is there any way to darken

By Juvia on March 1

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

I have two 20+ year old

By Anonymous on February 23

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

Yes, your wisteria will

By Almanac Staff on February 24

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

We are looking at planting a

By Gail in KY

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

You can plant a vegetable

By Almanac Staff on February 2

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

Wisteria should be outlawed!

By George Franklin

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

I have full sunlight from 1pm

By Rebecca Ashton

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

Hi, Rebecca, Wisteria needs 6

By Almanac Staff

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

I don't know what this person

By Paul222222 on February 12

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

The pods from my wisteria

By Cathy W.

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

plant a number of them in

By jack moore

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

I have quite a large planter

By Jubi Ju

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

Opinions and experience are

By Almanac Staff

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

Is there a way to identify

By cookie jones

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

Builders cut (butchered) my

By Violet Green

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

Hi there I moved to this

By Mary Michel

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

Wisteria enjoys support on a

By Almanac Staff

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

I would like to know what you

By Pepper Green

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

I have planted a wisteria

By joe broadbent

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

Your wisteria will grow wild

By Almanac Staff

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

I have a wisteria in my

By Francine Patterson

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

Plant the wisteria outdoors

By Almanac Staff

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

I was wondering if you know a

By Allison Juceam

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

Kentucky Wysteria is a south

By Dale Brock

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

Hello, When I moved to my

By Christine Stone

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

Hi, Christine: No need for

By Almanac Staff

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

We live in Virginia about 35

By Bina

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

Hello I have two small pots

By Donna Fender

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

Plant the wisterias, pots and

By Almanac Staff

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

I understand the issues of

By idav

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

Concerning the trench, I mean

By idav

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

To control the roots you need

By Almanac Staff

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

can I grow my wisteria as a

By jeanne corn

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

Yes, you can grow standard

By Almanac Staff

Yes, you can grow standard wisteria in a tree form. You don't have to use a trellis though you will need to stake it for support.  You may find this page helpful:

Help? I love wisteria! Now I

By P j Crittenden

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

Hi P.J. You can grow a

By Almanac Staff

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

HI I just bought a 3' aunt

By kbashmann

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

I have planted wisteria this

By Simonlux

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

Yes, it's fine to prune the

By Almanac Staff

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

I have planted a wisteria in

By Diana Armstrong

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

There are many reasons

By Almanac Staff

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

I need help for the wisteria

By Patricia Reese

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

Hello, I have had a wonderful

By Christine McCormick

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

Hi, Christine, We really do

By Almanac Staff

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

Thank you. I did consult a

By Christine McCormick

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

Hi, I am trying to create a

By Gothic lover.

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

There is a Chinese Wisteria

By Almanac Staff

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

hi i would like to know if it

By cristian

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

I live in Iowa and have had

By Anonymous

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

Hello. Touring Venice by

By Bina

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

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

Hi, This is my first time on

By Sandee Leadbetter

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

Help. I have a beautiful 10

By Melinda Pem

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

I planted a wisteria

By Linda625

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

Hi, Linda: Have you been

By Almanac Staff

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

Great site! I just planted

By Linner

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

I have a huge wisteria I

By TommiAnn

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

Yes, wisteria always grow

By Almanac Staff

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

I planted a wisteria last

By Laurie M

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

Hi Laurie, If you don't have

By Almanac Staff

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

I planted two 6' tall

By Lisa Vreeland

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

Wisteria can be controlled by

By Almanac Staff

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

planted nursery wisteria tree

By kathy Dudley

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

Three weeks ago I had 2

By Stefanie

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

Hi, Stefanie, Your nurseryman

By Almanac Staff

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

I have a six foot tall fence,

By Avis hope

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

I also have a wisteria

By Linda Kitts

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

Hi, Avis, The recommended

By Almanac Staff

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

I just planted a new

By Meri Ford

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

Hi, Meri, Your wisteria will

By Almanac Staff

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

I found about a dozen bulb

By IamDebbie

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

Wisteria seeds don't turn

By Almanac Staff

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

Hi! I bought a Wisteria

By Marekat

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

Wisteria roots are known to

By Almanac Staff

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

My wisteria is about 5ftfrom

By Gloria filerino

My wisteria is about 5ftfrom the house growing up a cider fence we noticed it is moving up a stone on our patio about 4ft from the house Is there any way to lift the stone and maybe cut the root and redirect it away from the house love it and don' want to lose it and it's been in the garden for for over20 yrs and finally has 100s of flowers We were thinking of moving it or even losing it and now we just can' Hoping we can keep his beauty! Can you help with your advice

Hope I will hear from your

By Gloria filerino

Hope I will hear from your site thanks

Hi Gloria, It's important to

By Almanac Staff

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

I have a 10 year old wisteria

By Diane romaine

I have a 10 year old wisteria with a one foot diameter trunk growing on to a pergola where it has been happy and thriving in direct sun. I have never prunned it because the pergola is @30ft long and it has taken some time to gorow almost all the way across the span. I live in Western Maryland at an elevation of 3000 ft and the spring was very cold. Now I have neither blooms nor leaves. The stems seem to be green not dead. Being that it is late May, is it too early to cut it back? Should I stress the roots with the shovel to wake it up as you say? OR should I wait a while longer?

Wisteria have been known to

By Almanac Staff

Wisteria have been known to "sleep" for years (est 12 to 15), so it may be entering such a period. You can't know now. Pruning, even a little each year—in spring—can help to promote flowering, but too much pruning can have the same effect (although that's not your problem).
Did you fertilize it? Excess nitrogen fertilizer can cause few/no blooms. Another source suggests that it may be going through a growth spurt instead of flowering.
An extreme cold may have killed the buds.
You can try to "wake it up" with a shovel. However, because flower buds form in late summer, understand that it will not flower this year.
Good luck—

HELP!!! I have a beautiful,

By Anna Zin

HELP!!! I have a beautiful, mature wisteria plant with about a one foot diameter twisted trunk climbing across my pergola at my house in central Italy. Last year, it bloomed profusely and had leaf coverage all summer.
My neighbors gave it a good pruning this winter without asking us. In addition, we had another wisteria plant removed on the opposite side of the pergola last spring because it had dried up and was dead. Now, despite wisteria blooming all over town, my plant remains brown without leaves or blooms and it showing no signs of life.
I am heart sick. Is it dead? I am currently in Canada but will be going to Italy in two weeks. I'll do whatever it takes to bring it back to life. Please advise.
Thank you so much

A "good pruning" is

By Almanac Staff

A "good pruning" is impossible for us to define. Pruning wisteria can promote flowering. However, the time to prune is after it flowers. The plant sets buds in late summer to fall.
If it was severely pruned, it may need time to adjust and start growing again.

I have pretty good luck

By Rae Chapman

I have pretty good luck growing Wisteria,however, I noticed this Spring, after a very long winter..Northern Indiana, that my leaves, buds, etc., are all at the top of the plant..there is very little folage from the roots about three feet up, and, then on the same branches, there are leaves and buds..Is this normal? How can I get it to thicken up all over?

It is normal for there there

By Almanac Staff

It is normal for there there be a relatively (or completely) leaf-free stem/trunk on a wisteria.

I have a beautiful wisteria

By Gaylord Lanham

I have a beautiful wisteria here in southern Ohio that has over 70 blooms just beginning to open, some about half. The temperatures for the next three nights are to be about 40. Will that temperature harm the blooms. Thank You G. Lanham

If the temp. doesn't drop

By Almanac Staff

If the temp. doesn't drop much below 40 degrees the blooms should be fine.

I transplanted a wisteria out

By Mandi C.

I transplanted a wisteria out of my Moms yard before she sold her house last year. It got a ton of shoots and grew a lot last year but didn't flower as I expected. I didn't cut any of the growth back this year and it's starting to get leaves. My question is when can I expect it to grow flowers and should I have cut down last years growth before this growing season?

I planted wisteria on our

By Rev Kathy

I planted wisteria on our pergola 4 years ago. Last year I got TWO flowers and I was so upset! But then a friend of mine had the exact same result. This year, there are tons of blooms and I'm so thrilled that I posted a pic on my fb page if you want to take a look!

I think I have erred in

By Jams Hundred Farm

I think I have erred in allowing the wisteria plant at the corner of my two level deck to grow "wild:. It is now about 10-12 years old - growing up the back of the house and onto the roof, over the gutters, around a tree. It is taking over everything! How drastically can I prune it back? How do you start new plants from cuttings?


I have a wisteria that is 6

By Karen Patrick

I have a wisteria that is 6 to 7 years old. It gets lots of blooms on it each year but they are only about 1" to 1 1/2" long. Can anyone tell what my plant needs to have bigger blooms. I fertilize it each year.

Hello, I would not fertilize

By ErikaW

Hello, I would not fertilize it at all. I have several wisteria some as vines growing over a pergola and several trees. When I first moved here over 11 years ago I had one huge wisteria it bloomed from top to bottom completely over a building we have. I wanted it to do the same the following year so I fertilized it. I didn't have 1 bloom. I have grown them now from seed and I never fertilize and always have blooms but never have a bloom if they were fertilized. Wisteria do very well with the least amount of attention. I prune them some and that is it. Hope this helps. - I live in Ohio

I live into central Texas

By kevin888

I live into central Texas (Hill Country). When can I expect my wisteria to bloom, it's about six years old I'm sorry to say I don't remember if it bloomed last year. I guess my old age is creeping
in (lol)

I have a wisteria that is 6

By Karen Patrick

I have a wisteria that is 6 to 7 years old. It gets lots of blooms on it each year but they are only about 1" to 1 1/2" long. Can anyone tell what my plant needs to have bigger blooms. I fertilize it each year.

I have a wisteria that is

By Philb

I have a wisteria that is around 15 years old. I live in central Indiana. So far this year I have not seen any green or flowers. I know our winter was really cold this past season. I'm concerned it has died. It is in full sun and the main trunk is about 10 to 12 inches around.

Same here with 2 wisterias

By laurel

Same here with 2 wisterias and a weeping cherry. Everything else has blossoms and leaves.. Im in NW PA and feel your pain. We have no idea what happened

Did you have a sharp spring

By Almanac Staff

Did you have a sharp spring frost this year? Many regions experience very cold springs. This could have caused the flower buds to drop before even opening. One way to aide a wisteria is to ensure the soil doesn't get depleted of its nutrients and it has adequate levels of potassium; on poor soils, add sulphate of potash in spring. Finally, pruning can be a culprit. If you prunedly heavily or in early summer, it could have disrupted flowering. However, timely pruning can help to increase the flowering. DO not despair. Wisteria can be very tough and return next year.

Hi, I have an east-facing

By JenW

Hi, I have an east-facing balcony in NYC and planted a baby blue moon wisteria (only about a foot tall, purchased from Jackson & Perkins) in a larger, well-draining pot when I received it two weeks ago...but I'm already noticing brown spots overtaking one of the leaves and slight curling on a couple others. I'm reading that they need a lot of sun, and my balcony gets only 6 hours daily right now. Might that be causing the browning and curling? The left side of the balcony gets sun for a tad longer...would it be helpful to move it there? Or should I just start pursuing a refund from J&P? Thanks in advance for any help!

Wisteria 7 years old,

By Churyl Kylo

Wisteria 7 years old, transplanted 4 years ago and is in a sunny location but has never bloomed since just rapid growth every year. There are 5 or 6 stocks twisted together all about 1" in diameter but not one that looks like the leader. Would it be advisable to cut all the stocks except 1 or 2 down next winter or shock it by digging down to the roots 2' from the base, or just be patience.

The stalks twining together

By Almanac Staff

The stalks twining together is a natural way for the wisteria to grow a sturdy trunk--it doesn't seem to be affected by it healthwise; so, we wouldn't suggest that you prune it down to one, unless you are developing a standard wisteria tree for an accent, or are otherwise training it formally.
Wisteria may not bloom for a few reasons--health, weather, improper pruning, sunlight, soil nutrients, etc. The transplanting may have delayed the bloom, so you might just wait and see. It may also be that the plant is not old enough to bloom--some can take up to 15 years.
If you think it might be due to something else, you might try adding phosphorus. See tip under "Care" above. Avoid fertilizers high in nitrogen--the vine fixes its own nitrogen, so it doesn't need much. Too much nitrogen will promote shoot growth over flowers.
Wisteria needs at least 6 hours of sun to bloom, so it sounds like you now have it in a good location. Make sure it has enough water but also good drainage.
Pruning is another option. Before doing root pruning, you might try a routine regular pruning. Please see above article for instructions. Prune back new shoots in mid-summer (after the plant would normally have finished blooming) to about 6 to 12 inches. In winter or early spring, you can prune when it is dormant, down to about 3 or 4 buds. Avoid a drastic pruning, as this will delay potential flowers for a few years.
Hope this helps!

Hello out there.. We have

By Renda

Hello out there..
We have some wisteria seedlings that were started in a "baby tank". (50 gal glass tank with grow lights above and undertank heater below for warm soil).
My seedlings are growing fast, but despite the growlights, they are pale to near white leaves. Why? Nobody else in the tank sufferes fron this, what do you suggest??

Years ago, I transplanted

By LA hoping

Years ago, I transplanted severalpeices of my mother-in-laws beautiful wisteria into my yard. She had a beautiful vine with wonderful smelling blooms. I was told that the transplant might cause no blooms for up to 7 years. Well we are now way past that point, and all the transplanted vines became beautiful trees, never to bloom. Is there any hope for these full grown trees to ever bloom. Mom is gone now, and we will never part with the trees, but wonder if there is any hope for a future bloom. Plus why did our vine transplant become a tree? Sad at heart.

Try "shocking" the roots by

By roy in canada

Try "shocking" the roots by driving a shovel down in a circle away from the plant about 2-3 ft (depending on the size of plant....this often forces growth and blooms)

I live way down south in LA

By Kelly poteet

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?

Hi Kelly, Wisteria can be

By Almanac Staff

Hi Kelly,
Wisteria can be grown in a container. Insert a sturdy piece of wood or bamboo about 4 feet tall for the plant to climb. Containers dry out quickly in hot weather so make sure to check the soil often and water as needed. If you get mealy bugs on the plant try insecticidal soap (it needs to be applied regularly) or horticultural oils such as sun spray or neem oil.

Well, this is the second time

By ginaleef

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!

It all depends on how long

By Almanac Staff

It all depends on how long your fence is. You can plant one in each corner and then maybe one in the middle. Be aware that you need to train the wisteria to grow horizontally to cover the fence.

Last year we had flowers on

By pat hill

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

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

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

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

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?

Hello California neighbor.

By Melinda Pem

Hello California neighbor. Did your wisteria recover? I have a very big wisteria on our patio cover and we need to tent our house as well. I am so worried about my plant. I am hoping since it is so large it may make it. Please let me know if your wisteria came back.

It may be that borers got the

By Almanac Staff

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

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

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

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

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:

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

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


By Diane Ware


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.


By Pearlene Dyar


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.

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

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 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.


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


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,

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 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.

have you tried layering the

By Tom Corett on February 9

have you tried layering the plant? Scrape away the 'skin' of one side of a whippy shoot until you get the the cambium layer and pin it down and wait a few months and you have a plant.

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


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

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 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 or

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.


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.


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 is now 5-6 yrs old, large plant 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.


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 and have 2 plants coming up so far.

Got mine from

By Anonymous

Got mine from

Try a mail order place such

By Catherine Boeckmann

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


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:
Japanese Wisteria:

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.


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.


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:

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.


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!

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