How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Wisteria



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A high-climbing vine, wisteria blooms vigorously in spring with large, drooping clusters of lilac or bluish purple. 

Note: Two species of wisteria that are typically grown in home gardens are invasive species: Wisteria sinensis or Chinese wisteria, and Wisteria floribunda or Japanese wisteria. The native wisteria is Wisteria frutescens, or American wisteria. If you’re planting a new wisteria, we strongly suggest you avoid the Asian invasive wisteria species. 

How to tell the difference? The Asian species are aggressive growers with fuzzy seed pods while the American wisteria is not an aggressive grower and has smooth seed pods, glabrous fruits and more or less cylindrical, bean-shaped seeds. The native wisteria’s flowers appear after the plant has leafed out, a difference from the Asian species. The blooms only appear on new wood.

The vine may grow 25 to 30 feet long! Wisteria is also beautifully fragrant, providing a feast for the senses. A brown, bean-like pod exists until winter.


  • Grow in fertile, moist, but well-drained soil. 
  • Plant in 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. Learn more about soil amendments and preparing soil for planting.
  • 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 its neighbors.


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

Pruning Wisteria

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


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

Recommended Varieties

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 ½ of the roots and the bush will be shocked into reproduction. It is very difficult to hurt this rampantly-growing, unrestrained, often invasive plant.

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Wisteria is taking over

There was a wisteria pant in my yard when we moved into our home. I believe it must be the Asian variety because it is completely aggressive, vining between the slats of my fence and strangling all other plants. We've had to trim it in an attempt to prevent further damage but it comes back stronger than before! When I try to remove some of the vines, they have snaked underneath or grass and are even coming up on the other side of our yard. How can I control this and still enjoy it's beauty?

Wisteria is taking over

Hmmm. Get used to it? Wisteria, as you describe, takes over—and tales of takeovers abound here (see below). You need to have the sheers handy at (almost) all times. Or put it somewhere where it has room to roam. About the roots sprouting elsewhere: It may be that you trimmed the “top” (aboveground) portion in such a way/amount that the plant just decided to grow in another direction.

Try this: Because wisteria will continue to sprout after it has been cut, it should be cut back early in the season, cutting sprouts every few weeks until the fall. This will stop growth of existing vines and prevent seed production. When you do have to prune, just cut climbing or trailing vines as close to the root as possible. Immediately apply a 25% solution of glyphosate or triclopyr to the stem. The best time to apply an herbicide is in the spring and summer when wisteria is actively growing. 

One of our editors wanted to enjoy its beauty, too, so planted it near her house, beside an arbor that was about 8 feet high. She wove the tendrils/new stems through the arbor and pruned the vine regularly (a few times/season). One day she discovered that a stem was hiding up under the bottom panel of the house’s aluminum siding. She pulled it out. And pulled and pulled … getting about 20 feet of vine. Soon after she decided to eliminate the plant—and that meant getting all of the root so that, as you experienced, it would not come up several feet away. There is a hydrangea in the spot now.

Blue Moon

My first Wisteria arrived in the mail today.
It's very small. 2 inches of trunk with several long leafy vines.
Should I put it in a pot and let it grow or go ahead and plant it
in ground?

Planting wisteria

It sounds like this is a bareroot wisteria. If so, you should see twining stems. They transplant easily in the ground. You’ll need to first prepare the planting area and be sure to put in your supports before planting, whether it’s against a wall is to train them as an espalier or a pergola. Prior to planting add plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost to the soil to improve soil fertility and drainage. Plant so that the soil level matches the soil mark on your plant. Look for a soil mark towards the base of the stem which indicates what depth it was planted in the ground at the nursery. This is usually found a little below the graft point—a bulge in the stem where the main plant is grafted to the rootstock. Water your wisteria well after planting to settle the soil and water regularly during the first year to help roots get established.

Blue Moon Wisteria

Thanks for your insight.
I decided that I'd like to train it as a standard. However, nearly all videos or instructions begin with a fairly good sized plant.
It has a two inch stem and several leaves one long, vigorous vine.
Do I choose the healthy vine to stake up and trim the rest away? Will it thicken into a trunk and sprout new leaves?
It's such a eager little plant. I almost want to just plant it like it is and let it do its thing. ( I appreciate tenacity) lol
Whatever I decide, I just wanted to thank-you for answering my question.

15 year old wisteria dying?

We have 3 wisteria vines all 15 years old. We live in Colorado at less than 4000 ft. They were all doing great till the last month. Now the one that is in the middle is dying after it bloomed.
They all receive the same amount of water and sun .
Please help.

Wisteria going crazy!

Our Wisteria is well established and produces beautiful flowers every year. However, our problem is that is also produces hundreds of shoots which wrap around everything, including climbing roses, TV aerial and the gutters. When we trim them back, which is essential to prevent them damaging things, they just seem to produce even more shoots and it is a constant battle all summer to keep it under control! Any suggestions please?

Wisteria shoots

Indeed, wisteria is highly aggressive! Sizable trees have been killed by vining wisteria. And wisteria produces new shoots if cut back or trimmed so you’re actually helping the vine grow more shoots.

Because wisteria will continue to sprout after it has been cut, it should be cut back early in the season, cutting sprouts every few weeks until the fall. This will stop growth of existing vines and prevent seed production. When you do have to cut, just cut climbing or trailing vines as close to the root as possible. Immediately apply a 25% solution of glyphosate or triclopyr to the stem. The best time to apply an herbicide is in the spring and summer when wisteria is actively growing. 

Wisteria in partial shade to full shade blooms well

When I lived in SC there was a stand of tall tall Pines approx. 60 ft tall that was 132 ft wide and there was Wisteria growing from top to bottom all the way across them. It was a lovely site. No one ever pruned them they grew crazy. The sun was only on them for about 3 hours in the morning. Rest of the day was all shady. Now i am back in Northern Michigan and I have a Wisteria I want to plant and train to climb up some Pines that are primarily in the woods next to my home. How do I train it to climb? Should I wait until it is tall enough and viney enough to reach before I plant it in the ground? Should I place some string around the bottom of the tree and then later carefully remove the string after the Wisteria takes a good hold? Thanks.

Just moved to a place in Kansas.

WE have a wisteria in the front yard, it is huge growing in on itself. It looks like it is getting ready to flower - it has shoots all over the yard. When and how should we prune and try to train it now to a fence - it desperately needs a cut back as it is over and over in on itself. It has been left without care for years. I can send pics if needed.

High Desert Planting

I've got two 5 year old Bluemoon vines potted and staked. I'm waiting on fall to plant them. I live in 93505 High Desert Ca. I'm committed to growing these. Is there a particular place to put them as you mentioned to an AZ person? (North , West etc?) We are about to build a 18x36 pergola for it away from everything else. I'm prepared for soil conditioning watering and pruning. Your advice would be very helpful. I've waited 10 years to be in a forever home to grow these. Thank you for any help and all the information on this site.

Wisteria in the Desert

To avoid the worst of the desert sun’s heat, refrain from planting in entirely western or southern exposures, but keep in mind that wisteria do grow and bloom best in full sun. If you can find a spot that doesn’t get the worst of the afternoon sun, but is relatively sunny otherwise, that would be best. Wisteria don’t like to have their roots dry out, so make sure the soil isn’t too sandy by mixing in a moisture-retaining substance, like peat moss. Water deeply once or twice a week (depending on the season and weather) and add a layer of mulch to help keep your wisteria from drying out. Enjoy your wisteria!

Transplanting to pot

I left my Wisteria in the pot it was in at the nursery and it was growing great. Recently I moved from my house to an apartment and I took my Wisteria with me. I put it in a pot and now it's dying. It's not getting much sun. Will it die or is it just in shock?

Wisteria Transplanting

Unfortunately, wisteria do not generally transplant well once they are established. However, if yours was still quite small when you transplanted it, it may recover. Wisteria do enjoy full sun, so we would recommend moving your wisteria to a sunnier spot, if possible. Make sure it doesn’t dry out, though. Good luck!

planting a wisteria

I have 2 wisteria plants that I have had for 15 or so years. They have never produced flowers. I want to transplant them to my new home. I would like to know if I can place them along the lake in full sun. How much soil in inches will I need before I hit the water table for them to survive? I now have them in a nursery in my yard but they are in shade and they have been there for 2 1/2 years. One is doing great the other not so great.


It's always been my experience that Wisteria grows best in Full Sun. If Full Sun isn't an option than at least 6 hours of sun. Wisteria, by nature, is a sun lover. The root system mostly grows out unlike most "regular" plants who grow down so growing "near" the lake should be fine but I'd caution you to be careful about soil that too wet because then you'll just have root rot on your hands. Having Wisteria that hasn't bloomed, ever, in that amount of time would have made me nuts because I'm sure you're like me and you decided on this particular plant because of it's potential look; beautiful bluish-purple, lilac, white, or pink cascading blooms to let you know that Spring has sprung! Since it only blossoms on new wood I would cut it back severely, not crazy-like, this isn't a horror movie, but just enough to wake it up. I'm not sure if your Wisteria is in containers or the ground but if it's in the ground root prune them. If you going to transplanting from ground to new ground, I would dig up the roots about 1.5'-2' away from the main "trunk"/stem all the way around. When placing them in their new home I would suggest really tilling the soil to loosen it up, especially since you're near water..usually that soil is pretty compacted. I'd also add a bit Phosphorus or Bone Meal to help it settle in, get comfy, and have a little snack. I hope this helped! Good luck!

replanting wisteria

Generally, we agree with the comments immediately above. As for depth, we would say settle the plant as deep as it is now. That is, if you uproot as suggested below and dig a foot and a half or so, dig a transplant hole about as deep.

Wisteria started to bloom and has stopped

Our Wisteria has stopped blooming and new leaves have started to shrivel up and is looks like it is dying have watered and cared for it but still looking helpless.
Can you advise????

Have the same problem , no leaves 3 flowers

I've tried everything no leaves . But still alive wood is green. Any information would be great.

Which Wisteria to buy

I have a 12x14 pergola on a 600 sqft patio. I am torn between which breed of wisteria should I plant and how many should I plant. we like blue flowers and are looking at Amethyst & Blue Moon wisteria. I was thinking of putting in two vines on opposing posts. We want it to start covering our pergola and blooming quickly. But i wonder now if two plants would be too much weight for a 12x14 pergola or not? Please help

how much would a pergola hold if a pergola would hold wood?

An answer would seem to involve materials and structural design, about which we have no knowledge. All we might suggest is that you consult a builder and a nurseryman/woman.  Oh, and if you hear the structure creaking, get out the pruning shears!


I have 1 plant that is at least 10 years old. It is covering the entire pergola 12x12. I'm scared to think how heavy two would be.

I'd caution you about

I'd caution you about Wisteria and it's utterly invasive nature! It will crawl onto/into the house every chance it gets. It'll crawl into cracks in clapboard, shakes, and even vinyl! It's been known to get into foundation cracks and cause structural damage! Be sure to prune regularly and if you see any little vines making their way into/into the house, cut that guy back and hope his friends were watching so they got the message! LOL! As far as how many to plant, my suggestion would be start with 1, you can always add more later. Wisteria grows super fast so I wouldn't worry about it not covering the patio pergola. I've grown the Blue Moon variety and not only is it a super fast grower, but it's flowers are truly beautiful! I absolutely love it! Hope this helped, good luck!

Wisteria multiplying

We recently purchased our home almost a year ago and this tree was here. I instantly fell in love with the beautiful hanging purple blooms! Not to mention they smell absolutely amazing! I would say mine stands about 8 feet tall and is full bloom with vines and bloomed flowers to the ground. I would love to have more than one of these in my yard. How do I go about getting more than one started from the one I already have?


I live in south western Indiana (on the border of Illinois) if this is an important factor!

No pruning in at least 3 years, now what?

I live in the Toronto, Ontario region and my wisteria barely bloomed last year and so far this year, as we still wait for spring to arrive, I don't see any buds as of yet. My husband can never find the time to prune it in the last 3 years. What should be done at this point so that it will bloom? Can pruning be done at this point, if so I'll pay someone to do it!

when to prune wisteria

If the vines are not pruned, you may have a lot of green growth without flowers. You can prune in mid-summer and in the fall. Then, cut back in the spring to 3 to 5 buds from the previous year’s growth. Do not fear that you are pruning excessively. Wisteria can take it. Another common technique to jump start flowering is to “root prune” the wisteria. With a shovel, dig a trench around the plant to cut the roots. Cut the roots 2 to 3 feet from the trunk.  Do not cut the roots too close to the trunk.

Cold nights

Hello I live in New York and have a wisteria with lots of blooms some larger than others 1-4inchs. We have some colder upcoming nights in the mid 30s and I'm wondering if I should attempt to protect them or if they can withstand those temperatures? Pleas help this is my first year with blooms and I don't want to lose them :)

The Cold Truth

Hi, Zachary:  Wisteria can be damaged by frost, so throw a blanket over your plant(s) if you can! Thanks for asking and good luck!

Wisteria in AZ

I live in Bullhead City AZ about 2 blocks from river. A friend of mine in Indiana last year pulled up some of her Wisteria and brought the bar root plants out to me. I put them in 6" pots and set them in my car port They All seam to be growing OK. My question is will they survive being planted here. It is not uncommon to have 100* days in the summer and about 2 weeks of 115* On of the plants even has a Tulip terr growing in with it. I know they are not suppose to grow in AZ let alone in the desert. DO I plant all these plants or just get Larger post?

Wisteria in Arizona

According to the cooperative extension services in your state, you can grow it, with attention to placement (not south- or west-facing exposures), for example. Also, the lack of winter conditions/temps may mean that dormancy is not induced so flowers are fewer or not in appearance See this page for more details: http://www.public.asu.edu/~camartin/plants/Plant%20html%20files/wisteria...

You can also contact the service directly here: https://extension.arizona.edu/


I have bought yellow bonsai seeds, are they just a regular wisteria seeds? was I taken, for a fool?

Wisteria Bonsai

Hello, I’m Ivan from the Philippines. I bought my wisteria plant in Japan an brought here in the Philippines, i would like ask if it can survive in our climate? I have read some of your articles that it needs full sun to bloom, does it means thats okay with our tropical climate? Thanks in advance.

Is my wisteria dead/dying?

Looking for comments on whether my wisteria is dying - it's been planted for 4 yrs and doing well. Last year I did notice it didn't bloom quite as well as prior years but didn't think of it until this year when I noticed a trunk split and possibly trunk rot toward the bottom. I'm not sure why this has occurred as I'm in southern Ontario and was under the impression wisteria could tolerate winters. As of today's date it does not look as though the plant is doing anything - no buds and no green yet. Should I be pulling it and starting over or will it bounce back with care to the trunk?

Wisteria-ful Thinking

Hi, Alycia: This is difficult to diagnose without seeing, but we would probably try to bind the trunk together and see what happens with the upcoming warmer weather. At the same time, be watchful for hardy new shoots from your roots. If you see the latter and are having no success with the former, then go ahead and cut the old trunk off so that the plant can focus its energy on its new growth. Thanks for asking and good luck!

Wisteria as Bonsai

Hello, my fiance and I enjoy gardening very much. We have a wide variety of exotic plants from 8 different species of orchids, gardenia, birds of paradise, hibiscus and even carnivorous plants all in our custom mini greenhouse we built inside our bedroom in an alcove that previously served no purpose. All the plants are surrounded by powerful led and fluorescent grow lights and we would like to start a bonsai wisteria from seeds we purchased. Is it difficult to grow a wisteria from seed? Also, do they do well in containers if kept well pruned? And, if grown from seed, how long would it be for the plant to mature to a flowering state?


Wow! How interesting and unique! Wisteria would qualify as a plant that makes good bonsai. It has small leaves, survives intense pruning, and other factors. While wisteria will seed fairly easily, the plant takes many years to reach blooming age (10 to 15 years) so it’s up to your timetable!  If you seed, use a big pot to promote growth of roots. If you don’t have a decade to wait for a bloom, get one with a trunk ready to pot and prune.

Wisteria problem

Hi wonder if you can help i havd a problem with my wisteria it has little nobs on all the branches and a sticky substance is dropping from it any suggestons on what is wrong

Wisteria problems

It’s rare for wisteria to have problems and we’ve never experienced this. Wisteria may have knots but if they are leaking sap, that seems concerning. Normally with any knot disease, you need to prune it out. The important thing is that the roots aren’t infected.

Wisteria Problems

Could it be scale? It sounds like what I had on two woody plants in my yard - the knobs with the sticky stuff. It was on a redbud that survived and on a star magnolia that didn't. I finally got rid of it with a mixture of cooking oil and Murphy's oil soap. Scale is nasty stuff. It sucks the life out of woody plants by dehydrating them.

wisteria near septic field

My husband has concerns regarding my wisteria near our septic field. Will it "attack" the field seeking moisture? We do get quite a bit of rain and it isn't lacking for space either.

wisteria and septic tanks

You don’t want any woody plants close to your lateral lines, as in trees and shrubs. Woody plants such as wisteria will often find a way to get as much water as possible and will make their way into the lateral lines and clog them. The best thing to plant is probably perennial short grasses or herbaceous flowering plants. They’ll have short roots which will help hold the soil, but will not interfere with anything underground.

As previously mentioned above

As previously mentioned above, Wisteria will seek out water and get into lateral lines but in my experience doesn't go super deep to find it. It truly depends on the depth of the plumbing (older homes tend to have shallower pipes, whereas newer homes benefit from changed plumbing codes calling for deeper set pipes. Then you need to factor in location; where you are located, what zone are you in, and what your weather is like. If there is a crack in your septic tank it may find it's way in, but then the Oak or Maple tree could/would do the exact same thing! If it were me, I'd find the main stem/trunk, measure 2' out, cut a circle 2' around, and dig up the Wisteria! Now, transplant it where it's not going to encroach on anything. Now if you are dead set on leaving it there you can try root pruning it every 3-4 years to help control it. Wisteria isn't a deep root plant but it does move outward underground; so like I said if you're dead set on not moving it, root prune it and keep your eye on it. Just remember, Wisteria is incredibly invasive by nature! Hope this helped, good luck!

Hi it's early April and

Hi it's early April and still snowy and cold is it to late to trim in upstate my?

April pruning

Hi, Lester,  No, it’s not too late. Better to do it now or as soon as you can that not and wish you had.

Wisteria stem cuttings

Please give directions for growing Wisteria from stem cuttings and include when and how to start the cuttings. Thank you!

growing wisteria from stem cuttings

I have the same question. The neighbor has a large vine and I would like to start on my fence line. She is willing to furnish starts for me if we can learn how. Thank you.


I have grown a wisteria in Southern Michigan and I trained it to grow up a support like a tree to help control it from spreading...it was successful...but at 4 years it had not bloomed and it was a good size...my son told me to cut down around the plant about 2 feet from the plant to cut roots. The next year it bloomed prolifically and every fall i cut around the roots. Now i live in Northern Michigan and started a new wisteria also around a support to train it like a tree...it is 4 years old and and no blooms yet in spite off the digging around in the fall. the ground here is sandy and stony. Is there anything I can give it to make it healthier so it will bloom?? I have given it Miracle grow, it gets plenty of water and mulch...Advice??

tried everything and no flowers

It certainly sounds like you’ve done all the right things—certainly all the things we’d do! Our best advice is to consult your local coop extension. Master gardeners here are immensely helpful! Click here http://www.almanac.com/content/cooperative-extension-services and then on your state for the service nearest you.


Will Wisteria grow in the tropics? I live in Panama where we never get below
60F and our days are only 12 hours long. What would be the best variety for the tropics? Thanks for your opinion.

Not flowering at all

We have a very active wisteria that is going on 4 yrs. it's not flowering at all. Considering really cutting back.

Blue Moon Wisteria

I am interested in planting a Blue Moon Wisteria (which I have read is NON-invasive) along the edge of our tree line to train up a tree there. The existing tree is 35' plus feet tall and very healthy. Will the Wisteria easily climb up this tree after I start it off training on a small wood trellis or netting at the base of the tree?

Blue Moon rising

Hi, Nicole, We looked into a couple of sources and here’s what they said about Blue Moon as an invasive: The Missouri Botanical Garden suggests that it “can be somewhat invasive (rampant growth plus rooting surface runners)”; the Knox/Lincoln [Maine] Soil & Water Conservation District says it is non-invasive, although this org repeats the classic adage: First year, they sleep; second year, they creep; third year, they leap!

We would advise caution with this or any wisteria because while it may not be “invasive” in the extreme sense, it may take over.

Keep in mind that vines that are trained to grow up trunks or do so naturally have been known to effectively strangle the host plant….and this can be a slow process. You can do as you ask, but be aware of the log-range possibiities.

Wisteria isn't growing

I bought a Black Dragon Wisteria last year. I was told it was 2 years old. It was about 12 inches tall. By the end of the season, if went dormant but it grew maybe at the most one inch. What should I do this season to make it grow. I have not put it into the ground until I see some growth. It has not come out the dormant cycle. But it lost all leaves and what little limbs it did produce last year.

Don't worry, the leaves will

Don't worry, the leaves will grow back when the temperature hits 25Celsius and above.

Transplanting Wisteria

I am digging up a Wisteria "Prolific" from someone wanting it gone from their backyard. It appears to be 2'-3' tall. They do not know when it as planted. My backyard is in transition at the moment so I am not ready to plant it in the ground. If I plant it into a large pot with as much existing soil as possible & compost, will this suffice until I am ready to put it in the ground? Should I fertilize it to help with the transition.

Prolific . . .

Hi, Danelle, Honestly, you would probably have to work to eliminate this plant; it is highly likely that it will survive very well without fertilizer and without much attention. We have only—er, first—this to ask: did you inquire of your benefactor the reason he/she was giving you this “gift”? The reason we ask is that many people find wisteria to be invasive (read below) and advise against it (including your correspondent). Yes, the flowers can be lovely and aromatic, but be careful what you wish for. Wisteria sinensis, aka Chinese wisteria, can take over…your property, your time, your enthusiasm. Read here for more (it happens to be the Missouri Botanical Garden but the information is quite good): http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.as...

If you decide to continue with your plan, keep this little ditty in mind that describes many a ground cover and plant: the first it sleeps, then it creeps, finally it leaps.

Best wishes—

Invasive Species

Chinese Wisteria is an invasive species. You are spreading it!!

Wistieria in the winter

Hi, I live in Munich, Germany. The past few years it's not been that cold and little snow, but we never know! I'm getting coverings for my mini wistieria - about 2 ft high. Just planted it in a large container this May. My question is does it need to be watered during the winter season?
Many thanks for your help
Best regards Mirella

Planting a bare root Wistera tree in the fall

I will be getting a bare root Wisteria tree end of September early October. Sounds like it will look like a twig and be about 4-5 feet tall. How should I plant it and should I prune it? I live in the middle of Eastern WA state.

Planting Young Wisteria Vine

Hi Jodie,

Plant it such that the crown of the plant (the place where the stem meets the root zone) is ever-so slightly above soil level. Dig a nice wide hole (2–3 feet in diameter), position the plant, and backfill with soil and compost. Tamp down to remove air pockets, water well, and add and nice thick layer of mulch. You do not need to prune it at planting time–its root zone needs to get established before any pruning is done.

Dead trees as a trellis for wisteria?

I have a dying maple and wanted to know if I can use it as a base to grow a wisteria?

What type of maple? I would

What type of maple? I would be willing to try it with a hardwood type but would be hesitant doing it with one of the softwood varieties. Wisteria can amass some serious weight quickly.

My wisteria has never ever

My wisteria has never ever bloomed one bloom. It gets some sun but here in arkansas I see wisteria rampantly blooming in trees that are more shady than where mine is planted it gets more evening midday sun. What can I do to get it to bloom? No pest the trellis over my pergola is loaded with green runners and beautiful just no flowering

This is a common question.

This is a common question. One important factor is pruning. If the vines are not pruned, you may have a lot of green growth without flowers. As it sounds as if you have excessive growth, prune in mid-summer and in the fall. Then, cut back ain the spring to 3 to 5 buds from the previous year’s growth. Do not fear that you are pruning excessively. Wisteria can take it. Another common technique to jump start flowering is to “root prune” the wisteria. With a shovel, dig a trench around the plant to cut the roots. Cut the roots 2 to 3 feet from the trunk.  Do not cut the roots too close to the trunk.   All the best!

wisteria pods

can i grow new plants from the pods produced from my wisteria after it flowered ?

Propagating Wisteria

It is not likely. The best way to propagate your wisteria is with stem cuttings.

Severe pruning

I had a friend attempting to be helpful in my yard. She decided to prune, by this I mean hack/destroy, my 20-30 year old wisteria plants. I am distraught. It is in the 90's everyday and she left NO green. I know that wisteria are hardy plants but I'm so convinced that she killed them. Is there any hope? All I can figure is that I can try actually watering them(which I've never had to do) and fertilizing. Any suggestions are welcomed with a hopeful heart.

Wisteria will return!

Hi, Annette, First understand that your wisteria will return. It may be a season (summer) or two before it flowers, but it will come back. To help it, apply fertilizer high in phosphorus and some potash in spring for the next couple of years. Do not fertilize with nitrogen as that will encourage stem and leaf growth at the expense of flowers. (Well, considering, maybe you want stem and leaf growth for a year or so.)

As you note, your friend was trying to be helpful…and you have a hopeful heart. Give the friendship the same care you give the plant, and everything/one will continue to thrive.


I bought 2 wisteria, end of the season, close out sad looking. Stuck them in the ground about 18 ft apart. Both have a 6 ft sturdy hanging flower stand planted next to them that they are wrapping around. One is in full sun, the other partial shade. I don't know what type they are but this year the full sun one has bloomed 3 times & the partial shade twice. They must be happy. All I do is water them. Not knowing that they can grow 30 feet long, I planted the partial shade one 2 feet from the corner of my house. Will the roots grow & possibly damage the foundation of my house?


Hi Lois,

First, it is important to find out, if possible, which type of wisteria you have. The Chinese and Japanese varieties are class 2 invasive species and can quickly get out of hand. There is one species, Wisteria frutescens that has value as a foundation planting–it is sometimes recommended as a good plant for providing shade and cooling the house in summer, which can translate into energy savings. However, the invasive species have tremendously aggressive root zones that should not be planted up close to the house (or at all). I recommend taking a few cuttings of stems, leaves, and a bloom and bringing them into a reputable local nursery to see if someone can identify it for you. If it is one of the invasives, consider replacing it. Those can become a real headache!

Stunted growth?

I planted a wisteria bush/tree over ten years ago. It only has one trunk that is a little bigger than your thumb. The trunk is only about 2 feet tall. Off the tip of the trunk is several bunches of leaves but no shoots, limbs, or blooms. It has not increased in size or shape in the 10+ years it has been planted. I have not tried to prune it for fear of killing it because it never gets any limbs to prune. It gets plenty of sun and water where it is planted. Any suggestions? Cut it to the ground and hope for the best? I really do not want to lose it but I planted it to grow and flower.


How do you kill a wisteria? I have cut the vines down to the roots, left the vines on the arbor and shoots are still living on the cut vines. Have sprayed with roundup and also a total vegitation killer. It still comes back

Invasive Wisteria

Hi, Peggy! It can be very hard to get rid of a wisteria plant. 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 (as you’ve already cut it, try to make a fresh cut). Then, immediately paint on an 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 brush killers. Good luck!

Potted seedling dropping green, dried leaves

I've started a plant in a small pot with a drainage, using seeds cultivted from a very old vine in New York City. It rapidy grew to a healthy 8" tall with many branches, while residing on the fire escape. I recently transported it, by car, to Michigan allowing my parents to plant sit. Their home is air conditioned to 74', the plant resides on their kitchen counter in a west window, therefore receiving late day sun and they water it weekly. Although it appears healthy, never discoloring, many leaves are totally drying out. Is this natural?, Or how can I intervene to save this plant - move it to different windows throughout each day?, more water?, move it to a higher temperature area? (however outside is not acceptable as Japenese beetles are very abundant right now). Thank You

Potted seedling dropping green, dried leaves

I've started a plant in a small pot with a drainage, using seeds cultivted from a very old vine in New York City. It rapidy grew to a healthy 8" tall with many branches, while residing on the fire escape. I recently transported it, by car, to Michigan allowing my parents to plant sit. Their home is air conditioned to 74', the plant resides on their kitchen counter in a west window, therefore receiving late day sun and they water it weekly. Although it appears healthy, never discoloring, many leaves are totally drying out. Is this natural?, Or how can I intervene to save this plant - move it to different windows throughout each day?, more water?, move it to a higher temperature area? (however outside is not acceptable as Japenese beetles are very abundant right now). Thank You

Potted Wisteria

Hi Kurtis,

As far as water is concerned, only do so as needed–the soil will tell you when and how often. Moving it around to increase exposure to daylight is a good idea, though a consistent temperature is ideal. It may also be time to start training it up a support.

Wisteria leaves are turning brown .

The lower part of my Wisteria Vine are healthy, but the upper leaves are turning brown and die by the next day. The two vines were two years old when I bought them, this is the second year of growing with me. Last year no problems. I planted the Wisteria in memory of a good friend and his daughter that were shot to death last year, please help me save my Wisteria vines of love.

Failing Wisteria

The two most common reasons wisteria fail are: improper pruning and insufficient water. Pruning them requires a bit of know-how. Seeing that yours are very special, it may be worth getting a how-to guide (one that has good illustrations) and getting them on a pruning routine. Best of luck!

Growing Chinese Wisteria From Seed

I have a nice supply of seed and would like to grow this lovely flowering vine . Can anyone advise how to grow from seed ? Please email me

You might be interested to

You might be interested to know that it can take five years to fifteen years before a wisteria vine grown from seed reaches maturity and blooms. Vines grown from cuttings or grafted from mature vines will typically flower two to three years after planting. To plant seed: Directly sow seeds in fall or in the spring after the last frost. Once plants begin to grow, start training it up a support such as a fence, arbor, or trellis.


Our Wisteria has not flowered for the last two years ~ any help would be welcomed

Wisteria Not Flowering

It is hard to know exactly why this is without more information. If it is a new plant, it could take several years for it to flower the first time. Otherwise, I would recommend making sure that you are following all our instructions for care and pruning. If you are, then try to identify whether one of the pests or diseases above is stopping it from flowering by looking at our pest pages. Good luck!


Hi, I have a Japaneses wisteria for 10 years in Toronto. It yields little or no flowers during these 10 years. The flowers come after the leaf take place so that the flowers are almost hidden by the leafs. This Spring there's not a single flower although the leafs are taking shape. Can you give me some advice? What kind of plant food should I feed them and when. BTY my wisteria is growing in the middle of my pagola which stands 8 feet. It has a lot of sunshine.

wisteria dying soon after flowering

We moved to a new home last year and the wisteria was lovely. This year it flowered approximately 10 days ago and almost immediately the flowers started dying off from the stem. Can you please advise what may be causing this.


I was going to plant wisteria in the middle of my garden so it could climb a 10 x16 trellis to make natural shade for so. Cal summers , I've had it on a arbor at the entrance of my garden for 7 years and only have had 2 blooms .. My concern know is that I did not know they were poisonous should I be concerned about it growing over the top of my vegetables ?

Wisteria surface roots

We have a very old wisteria with large thick surface roots similar to a fig tree. If we cut them back to add paving will it kill ( damage) the wisteria?

Anytime you cut major roots

Anytime you cut major roots it will weaken the plant. Wisterias have a very large root system and by cutting a few roots it’s not going to harm it too much. Be selective in pruning the roots and leave some if possible on all sides of the plant.

In the Northeast when should

In the Northeast when should I start seeing some green.

Wisteria has small leaf buds that havent opened

Hi there. I bought a wiseria tree two years back and pruned it as stated. this year it has very tiny leaf buds that havent opened. This wisteria has never flowered either, what can i do?

I have just bought a wisteria

I have just bought a wisteria and the main trunk nearly a foot from the base is very flimsy and looks broken , will this affect the growth or can I use anything to help strengthen the trunk please ?

Hi Michelle,

Hi Michelle,

Put a stake next to the stem for support. Watch how the plant is doing this summer and if need be you can prune any weak or dead branches and/or the top of the stem later this season.

Is my wisteria dead?

I have a 20+ year old wisteria that has was previously vigorous, but on May 6, no green at all, and no potential flowers. We had a very long cold snap for weeks in late March and April and I'm afraid it was too much for it. I live in southeastern Connecticut. My wisteria has been my pride and joy and I hope it's ok, but it's looking doubtful. How can I tell? Have you ever heard of this?

Is my wisteria dead?

Hi Bev, I had the same problem this year. My plant was 'dead' when we moved in over 12 years ago but I 'accidentally' planted and fertilized some flowers around its base, and lo and behold it started growing again. Then this year, I had lots of buds on the stems but no flowers or anything. My local nursery suggested SuperPhosphate. This was about mid-May. I put some into the soil and within a week leaves started budding and it's now huge and full. I did not get any blooms, but at least it's not dead. I am doing a soil test around it and am going to fertilize as needed. Hope this helps!

No new growth in May?

I have two wisteria (one in a large pot in the front garden and one im trying to bonsai in the back garden) and neither of them have shown any sign of growth yet.
Im in the Greater London area, mild frost last week but apart from that, weather has been generally good for this time of year. Ive used good compost, theres good soil drainage and plenty of sunlight on both plants. Doesnt appear to be any diseases at play.
Am i fretting over nothing because wisterias are 'late starters' (like english oak, one of the last to leaf) in the plant world or have i missed something?

Did you plant from seed or

Did you plant from seed or did you put in plants? Seeds will take awhile to get started. Also, know that wisteria grown from seed will not flower for about 7 to 10 years. If your plants were established, we would say the reason is related to pruning. See this page for pruning advice. If your pruning is appropriate, try applying phosphate fertilizer (with no nitrogen).

Wisteria leaves yellowing and dropping

Our 20year old Wisteria that has always grown vigourily and health, is all of a sudden loosing all its leaves.
It's just started summer here in Adelaide South Australia, it gets plenty of water. Can you over water wisteria, it's growing in very sand soil.

Can wisteria grow in the Asia

Can wisteria grow in the Asia.

Blue moon wisteria is poison or not

My name is Patrick I have a pergola over my deck so it's about 12 feet high I'm planing to grow the blue moon wisteria that the only one that I can find in Montreal but one thing that I'm worried that we always have lunch and dinner under my pergola so the flower or it's pollen are dangerous for us and our children or not cause I check the information from internet that it's flowers are poison for human. So can I have an advise about this point please if wisteria is not good so which vine is suitable for me in this case
Thank you very much

poisonous qualities of wisteria

If you have any concerns at all, you should not plant wisteria; why live in a state of constant worry?

Other vines that come to mind include jasmine (https://www.almanac.com/plant/jasmine), grapes—why not? (https://www.almanac.com/plant/grapes and here’s more: https://www.almanac.com/blog/celestes-garden/growing-grapes-your-backyard ), climbing hydrangea (this page is about many varieties of hydrangea: https://www.almanac.com/plant/hydrangea ), clematis (https://www.almanac.com/blog/gardening-blog/growing-clematis ), or trumpet vine (http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.as...).

We hope you find a suitable alternative.

Growing and gardening Wisteria

How do you grow seeds from a Wisteria?
How do you grow cuttings from an established Wisteria?

Pop the seeds out of the pods

Pop the seeds out of the pods and dry them out. Plant the seeds in the spring in a very sunny location about ¼ inch deep and cover lightly with soil, or you can start them in pots. Keep moist and well-watered. Be aware that it may take 15 years or more before a wisteria started from seed will mature.

You can cut soft vines from a mature wisteria to root. Just 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.


I had a wisteria bought for me, have planted in a large pot, but noticed that the leaves have gone white. Have i done something wrong?

Wisteria grows best in

Wisteria grows best in fertile, moist but well-drained soil. If your soil is in poor condition, add compost. Make sure the plant has full Sun.

What can I use to reanchor or my wisteria

I have a very large wisteria growing around the outside of my house. Over the years it has completely dismantled the wires it was growing on and is mostly self supporting. The branches range between the size of my thigh or even larger to thickness of my arm. I've noticed the whole thing is starting to move bow and collapse, and interfere with window openings etc. I think I need to fix it to the wall using rubber straps or something similar in strategic places. I'm just not sure what this would be called or where to buy something that would be suitable. Any suggestions would be really appreciated.

help for frost damaged wisteria bonsai!

I've only had this bonsai for a couple years, grown from a cutting and it was doing beautifully but last night an unexpected frost moved in and the leaves that were just unfolding have all wilted. Do I trim off the damaged leaves and hope for the best or is it a lost cause?


I bought a 4-year old flowering Wisteria & planted it last fall under a very old Juniper tree,
so, I assume the soil is acidic. The part of the Juniper tree where the plant is is dead & I'm
using the branches to hold the vine. Lots of sun, but do I need to add lime to the acidic soil?
Many thanks

Hi Peter,

Hi Peter,

Wisteria will grow in most any soil but prefers neutral to somewhat acidic soil with a pH of about 6.0 to 7.0. We suggest that you add some compost to the soil to add nutrients and improve drainage.

wisteria plant

my wisteria plant doesn't have any green coming yet. is it too soon I live in Ohio

New to wisteria

I saw some wisteria growing at the entrance to David grant at Travis AFB and fell in love. I went out and bought a 5 foot wisteria and planted it in full sun next to a post of my pergola in a large tree pot. Should I consider cutting it back some off the get go? Is it better to control in a pot vs ground?

Hi Lauren,

Hi Lauren,

A wisteria plant with a single stem is best for growing in containers as growth is easily controlled and trained. Wait to prune until late summer after the plant has grown a bit and is established. It is much easier to control the wisteria when grown in a container. Just make sure that the pot is big enough for the growing roots.

Wisteria Warning

Beware: Wisteria is very invasive.....Keep in it in a container. It is all over my neighborhood....It kills trees, other plants.....Once it gets into the soil, it will grow on anything!!!

It would help to know

What state or zone are you in?
Also what variety of wisteria has none crazy?
I plant on doing a boni with mine and in a pot.
I just want as much info before I begin.
I think a bonzi wisteria in a pot would make a great fairy tree.

Seeds Germination

I planted two seeds in a starter kit and was wondering how long it would be until the seeds germinate?

Starting wisteria from seed.

My sister send me a fee seeds. I soaked the seed in warm water for days, until the pod was soft enough to remove from the seed. You do have to be careful removing the hull as the seed inside can split in two, then it won't grow.
From there I planted it in seed starting medium and covered it with Saran Wrap until i saw the sprouts. With in a few weeks the plants are 6' tall. FYI, I started my morning glory's the same way, with good success also.

Wisteria Seed Germination

It took 8 days for my wisteria seeds to germinate. The seeds I used were harvested in late Fall from an established Wisteria plant in my front yard. I'm growing mine in an attempt to create bonsai over the coming decades.

Tip: Keep seeds in a well drained growing medium in temps at or above 70°F. Seeds appreciate warm sunlight. Don't forget to water regularly.

Cutting back older vines

Greetings from Bristol, VA. My wife and I need advice as to how and when to reduce the area of two 30-plus year old vines. The vines begin at the corners/base of our wooden deck and have multiple trunks - 2" to 4" in diameter. From there, they twist vertically 12' along the upright wooden corner poles of our deck and then expand horizontally along the metal deck railing 15' in both directions from the corners. They are very lovely and very aggressive. During growing season here (April until October), we trim new shoots and leaves several times a week. In the past two seasons, the new growth has grown outward from the deck several feet, causing the vines to pull away from the deck and fall outward due to the weight of the vines. We love the cover it provides, but want to stop the thickness of the growth outward. Thoughts?

Winter or early spring

Winter or early spring pruning is best to reduce its size. You need to prune the main leaders (the stems that come off of the main trunk) back to 3 or 4 buds. This will keep the plant’s size in check and will also help to promote flowering. In the fall after the leaves have died back you can prune again and cut the wisteria back even more.


I am attempting to grow wisteria from seeds, they have sprouted to about 4 inches, I was wondering do the same rules apply if planting for bonsai? The information you provide was very helpful, thank you.

It’s best to grow the

It’s best to grow the seedlings in pots with good well-draining soil. You will need to repot every 2-3 years in the spring. When you repot remove a third of the roots. Search for wisteria bonsai in your browser and you will find many helpful websites.

I have had my Wisteria for

I have had my Wisteria for about 25 to 30 years . last year i had 5 blooms in that time i had a lot of blooms about 10 times. Can you help me.

Hi Ron,

Hi Ron,

Pruning is the secret for blooms. Please read our section about how to prune a wisteria at the top of this page.

My Wisteria hasn't bloomed

I have had my Wisteria for about ten years now. It's growing as a vine without leaves, but it only bloomed one time. It's long and "stringy" and has wound it's way into the tree line like I had hoped.
What can I do to get it too bloom?

The wisteria needs lots of

The wisteria needs lots of sun and some pruning to bloom. Please see our advice under the care and pruning sections at the top of this page.


Braided Wisteria

I ordered some cuttings from ebay about 6 years ago or so. There were 3 'purple' and one white. They were ordered and arrived in winter and were kept in my shed, along with some crepe myrtles, until spring. I planted them and braided them together. The white never bloomed but the purple ones did from that first year. I haven't lived there for several years, so the white one may have started blooming. In any case it is a beautiful braided tree and it was super simple to do. The vines grow into each other and form a nice thick trunk after the first few years. Until then, it will need to be carefully staked, especially if you live in an area that gets heavy snow and ice in the winter. If you opt to order wisteria online, always ask whether it is a seeding or a cutting. Seedlings can take decades to bloom, and some never do. I tried to attach a link to a pic of my braided wisteria, but the site won't let me.

Wisteria life-cycle

Hello, I have a question:
So I'm doing a project and the wisteria life cycle won't come up anywhere I look, I know this has practically nothing to do with this little blog-type thing here, but I'd really appreciate the help!

blue moon wisteria

I have chickens and wonder if the seeds or any of the plant would harm them?

Chickens and Wisteria

Wisteria is mildly toxic, though you will find most chickens will not touch them. 

Wisteria toxicity

Almanac staff, on April 2, 2013 anonymous asked of wisteria is toxic to dogs, your response was, moderately toxic. WRONG answer. Apparently my Boston Terrier got a hold of a seed pod yesterday afternoon, and is in the Veterinary hospital as I write this, because of the poison in this plant. The prognosis is guarded, if he survives, he will most likely have heart issues the rest of his life.This vine has never in the three years I have lived here, produced a seed pod, we had a lot of rain this spring, which may had something to do with it,unfortunately I didn't know it produced pods, so I wasn't looking for them. This is much more than an upset stomach or colic like symptoms. These toxins attach the heart.. in less than 24 hours my dog almost died, and may yet. Wisteria is a whole lot more than a MODERATE danger to pets, so lets not minimize the danger here. This is an old vine, 20-30 years, and huge , and right now it's prognosis is guarded, also.

So sorry to hear that your

So sorry to hear that your dog ingested wisteria seeds and got sick. We have answered the question about pets and wisteria several times on this web page. We will delete the answer from April 2, 2013. Here’s the answer we will keep.

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.

Wisteria in pots

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

You can grow wisteria in

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

Please help us! We planted

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

Your wisteria will keep

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

We just purchased a summer

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

It's important to prune the

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

Thanks you for the info. :-)

Thanks you for the info. :-)

Hi - I live in Connecticut

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

Go to a local garden center

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

I live in Michigan and have a

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

Of course you can prune your

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

We moved to Wiltshire UK last

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

my two year old plant is in a

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

It sounds as if the wisteria

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

i have long like peapods on

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

Hi, Brenda: These are the

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

Can these seed pods be

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

my wife has been taking our

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

Hi, I live in the Sunshine

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

My husband and I moved into a

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

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

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

can i dig up my wisteria and

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

Hi, Rheda, You can dig up

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

please do not plant wisteria.

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

Bah. Wisteria is only

Bah. Wisteria is only invasive and costly too remove if you don't prune it correctly. Prune back the branches enough, and the roots will not grow. I'm only seventeen, and have 2 growing around my parents Gazebo. I've been pruning them since I planted them when I was 13. Not invasive at all, just tiring to prune.

I live in Idyllwild, Ca. Zone

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

Yes, Wisteria love full sun

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

hi..i have 2 wisteria plants

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

Hi Polly, Yellow leaves can

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

I am a landscaper here in

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

Wisteria is hardy to USDA

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

Blue Moon is a variety we can

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

Blue Moon is a variety we can

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

I live in southern Alberta,

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

I planted a wisteria 20 years

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

Thanks for any advice.

You need to prune the

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

My neighbor has just done a

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

my wisteria has flowered

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

The chances of disease or

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

Will the wisteria strangle

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

Wisteria will not harm trees

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

Actually, I have seen

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

I live in SC on property full

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

My husband and I bought a

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

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

Hi, Im in chicago and planted

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

Thank you
Happy in chicago

Hi DinChi, Congratulations on

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

My wisteria is on an arbor.

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

Hi, Karen, Those "long stems"

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

I have an American Wisteria

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

Only suggestion I can come up

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

Untrue. My American Wisteria

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

Located in NH. When is the

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

If your wisteria is

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



Prune it back as directed and

Prune it back as directed and keep Cutting the vines so it doesn't grow into the tree.

Hi, so I purchased a blue

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

Hi, Janie, blue Chinese

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

The flowers are actually

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

I have a Chinese Wisteria. I

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

l live in a zone 4-5 area.

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

Pick one of the strongest

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

I have wisteria that covers

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

I have a rodent I believe

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

You could try a bark graft.

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

Hello, I live in NC and the

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

What ever happened?

The same thing happened to my Wisteria this year. This is my first spring at this house, but the wisteria is probably 20 years old. As of today, it has yet to leaf out and has the freeze dried buds you speak of.

This seems late for Pennsylvania. Everything else is blooming!

Usually, it’s late frosts

Usually, it’s late frosts which damage wisteria buds and there’s not a lot that anyone can do about this. Just be sure to prune in late August, cutting the current year’s growth down to a foot (about 6 buds) to promote flower bud formation next year.  And be sure to water well in August/September when flower buds for next year’s bloom are being set. 


Putting a tarp over the plants before an expected frost/freeze will protect plants. Do not leave the tarp in the plants more than a few hours after sunrise, due to the high temps the tarp will generate once the sun hits it.

Hi, Given that the roots seem


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

Hi, Keith: Yes, you could

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

Greetings! I recently


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

Thank you so much for your time!

Technically, yes, you can

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

We have two Wisteria plants

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

is there any way to darken

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

Hi Juvia, Different varieties

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

I have two 20+ year old

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

Yes, your wisteria will

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

We are looking at planting a

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

You can plant a vegetable

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

Wisteria should be outlawed!

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

I have full sunlight from 1pm

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

Hi, Rebecca, Wisteria needs 6

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

I don't know what this person

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

The pods from my wisteria

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

plant a number of them in

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

Pop them out of the pod and

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

I have quite a large planter

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

Opinions and experience are

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

Is there a way to identify

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

Builders cut (butchered) my

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

Hi there I moved to this

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

Wisteria enjoys support on a

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

I would like to know what you

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

I have planted a wisteria

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

Your wisteria will grow wild

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

I have a wisteria in my

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

Plant the wisteria outdoors

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

I was wondering if you know a

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

Kentucky Wysteria is a south

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

Hello, When I moved to my

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

Hi, Christine: No need for

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

We live in Virginia about 35

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

Hello I have two small pots

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

Plant the wisterias, pots and

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

I understand the issues of

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

Concerning the trench, I mean

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

To control the roots you need

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

can I grow my wisteria as a

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

Yes, you can grow standard

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

I planted a wisteria last

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

Help? I love wisteria! Now I

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

Hi P.J. You can grow a

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

HI I just bought a 3' aunt

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

I have planted wisteria this

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

Yes, it's fine to prune the

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

I have planted a wisteria in

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

There are many reasons

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

I need help for the wisteria

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

Hello, I have had a wonderful

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

Hi, Christine, We really do

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

Thank you. I did consult a

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

Hi, I am trying to create a

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

There is a Chinese Wisteria

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

hi i would like to know if it

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

I live in Iowa and have had

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

Hello. Touring Venice by

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

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

Hi, This is my first time on

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

Help. I have a beautiful 10

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

I planted a wisteria

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

Hi, Linda: Have you been

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

Great site! I just planted

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

I have a huge wisteria I

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

Yes, wisteria always grow

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

I planted a wisteria last

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

Hi Laurie, If you don't have

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

I planted two 6' tall

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

Wisteria can be controlled by

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

planted nursery wisteria tree

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

Three weeks ago I had 2

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

Hi, Stefanie, Your nurseryman

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

I have a six foot tall fence,

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

Hi, Avis, The recommended

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

I also have a wisteria

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

I just planted a new

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

Hi, Meri, Your wisteria will

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

I found about a dozen bulb

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

Wisteria seeds don't turn

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

Hi! I bought a Wisteria

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

Wisteria roots are known to

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

My wisteria is about 5ftfrom

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

Hope I will hear from your site thanks

Hi Gloria, It's important to

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

I have a 10 year old wisteria

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

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,

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

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

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

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

I have a beautiful wisteria

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

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

I transplanted a wisteria out

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

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 facebook.com/revkathy if you want to take a look!

I think I have erred in

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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