Wisteria Planting Guide

Door KeiHo gepubliceerd op Tuesday 22 July 16:11

Wisteria is a beautiful flowering vine that comes in many different varieties. The most common ones include Chinese Wisteria, Japanese Wisteria and American Wisteria. These climbing vines produce lavender, violet or blue colored beautiful flowers. Wisteria is known for its fragrant blooms and typical flowering pattern that resembles a pendulum.

Wisteria is fast growing hardy vine which requires less maintenance. It can be trained on walls, pergolas, trellises, wooden or metal frames. They have twining pattern and grow vigorously if proper support is provided to them. The support provided to the plant during initial growth years should be very sturdy as the shrub becomes very heavy as it grows. The plant can grow up to 15- 30 feet tall depending on the species.

Wisteria should ideally be planted in spring or fall season. Choose a location that receives full to partial sun. The soil should be rich, well- drained and moist for the plant to thrive. It is advisable to add organic matter, compost or manure in the soil to make it rich for the plant.

Wisteria can be propagated through seeds, cuttings or by the method of layering branches into the soil. Once the plant has matured, it seldom needs any fertilization. However, it needs regular pruning to maintain and control the plant. Some of the species can turn out to be quite invasive and it is advisable to take care of the plant so that it does not get out of hands. Prune and train the plant so that it is manageable.

It is crucial to apply a layer of mulch around the plant as it helps the soil to retain moisture for longer duration. The side shoots growing from the main stem should be pruned so that plant grows to become strong and develops a healthy root system. Pruning after the blooming period also helps to encourage flowering next season. The shoots growing from the base of the plant should also be removed so that plant continues to grow properly.

Training the wisteria plant can be time consuming and tricky but if you spend time doing so then you would certainly not be disappointed. Thriving wisteria plant in your garden will definitely enhance the landscape.

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