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Q.Wisteria Pods Suddenly Dropping In Winter After Severe Pruning

Zone Vienna, VA | llanemcdevitt added on February 21, 2020 | Answered

I’m in Northern Virginia. We have a 15+ year old wisteria that wasn’t blooming for years. We had it drastically pruned a few weeks ago (in January…it’s been a very mild winter) and now suddenly there are pods dropping like crazy. I think this is a good sign because it has barely dropped pods for years or have we damaged it by pruning so extensively in the winter? Worried….

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Answered on February 24, 2020

I am unclear on what is going on. It can't have seed pods without flowering, first. If you mean that it is flowering after pruning then it is a sign of stress. There isn't much to be done about it, except for caring for it as usual.

If there are seed pods on it, then it is likely that the flowers were missed and they have already dropped, forming seeds in their place.

Either way, you will want to ensure that you care for it as it needs to be. It will recover, as they enjoy a hard pruning as they age.

Here is an article that will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/wisteria/growing-wisteria-proper-wisteria-vine-care.htm

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