1. Trimming Wisteria Seed Pods

Asked by Anonymous - September 30, 2011

It’s beginning of fall and I wonder if I can trim the excessive wisteria seed pods now and will this delay flowers blooming? Please advise.

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2. Leaves Falling Off My Wisteria Plant

Asked by Anonymous - October 1, 2011

I planted a Wisteria in a pot on my deck last year. It has been growing great, no flowers yet, but noticed that the leaves are getting dead. It is in the sun and has an arbor for it to climb on. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I haven’t pruned yet.

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3. Winterizing a Wisteria

Asked by Anonymous - October 2, 2011

I have a wisteria I bought this summer and put in a pot. I live in the Spokane, WA area. How can I ensure the plant doesn’t die over the winter? Do I need to have it buried in the ground or can I winterize it in the pot?

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  • Wisteria normally do not make good container plants because they grow too big and too fast. But that being said, in terms of cold, if you live in Zone 5 or higher, it should be fine in a container with no extra care, but if you live in Zone 4 or lower, it will need extra protection. If you are in Zone 4, wrapping it in burlap and hay or leaves or moving it near a south facing wall should protect it enough for the winter. In Zones 3 or less, you would need to move it to a protected area, like an attached garage.

    Established in-ground plants require little, if any care over winter. Here is more information on winter care for these plants: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/wisteria/wisteria-winter-car.htm

4. Can I Pot Wisteria

Asked by Anonymous - October 7, 2011

Can I grow Wisteria in a pot? I have a bench with a wooden arch trellis over it and would like to plant something in a pot on either side. I would like a creeper that flowers and grows fast. I have tried Diplodenia and they did not grow more than a couple of inches in a year. I am in South Africa in the Western Cape, which has winter rainfall.

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  • Wisteria normally do not make good container plants because they grow too big and too fast. but, that being said, if you use a large enough tub, the vine should be ok in a container. Also, I would make certain that the trellis is going to be sturdy enough to hold its weight as the vine grows larger.

5. Winter Wisteria Vines

Asked by Anonymous - October 10, 2011

I live in Michigan and have a new wisteria. What care should I provide for winter? I have heard to cover it with burlap. Is that true?

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  • Typically, a wisteria does not need any winter care, but since yours is a new planting, wrapping in burlap will help ensure it makes it through the winter. But after the plant is established, they are fine without additional protection.

6. Flowers on Evergreen Wisteria

Asked by Anonymous - October 12, 2011

I have a wisteria growing up around a pergola. It’s lovely and green but has small flowers and not very many. What am I doing wrong? And also when to prune?

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