When Is the best time to plant wisteria?

Updated February 21, 2017

According to the Royal Horticultural Society, wisteria is a " vigorous woody climbers with twining stems bearing pinnate leaves and long pendulous racemes of fragrant pea-like flowers." The vines require sturdy support, and planting them appropriately gives them the best chance of thriving.

Time Frame

The National Gardening Association states that the best time to plant wisteria is in the spring and the autumn. Planting in the spring gives the wisteria the full growing season to establish itself, while planting in the autumn when the weather is dropping induces dormancy over the cold winter.


Wisteria needs a hole that is only as deep as the root ball it comes in, but the hole should be between two and three times as wide. Place the wisteria in the hole, partially fill the hole soil and water it. Wait for the water to drain, and then fill the rest of the hole with soil, watering it again.


Do not grow wisteria near gutters, where the runners can climb them and clog them. Do not plant Chinese wisteria or Japanese wisteria, as these plants are invasive and can choke out the local plants.

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