How to plant wisteria

Wisteria is a vine plant that blooms in red, blue, lavender or white. The vines twine around everything, and can reach heights up to more than 3 metres. Wisteria can choke neighbouring plants and overwhelm structures, so yearly pruning is a necessity. Plant wisteria near a metal trellis to provide it with a place to climb and help control its growth. Planting wisteria is simple for novice gardeners, as the plant is not overly picky.

Decide where to plant the wisteria. Wisteria prefer light shade to full sun, and require well drained, moist soil. Areas near ponds and water features often work well.

Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and three times as wide. Set the root ball into the hole. Space wisteria plants 3 metres apart.

Fill the hole halfway with soil and water thoroughly to get rid of any air pockets. Once the water has drained, finish filling the hole. Water once more.

Feed wisteria each spring; spread a layer of compost at the base of the plant. Cover in mulch to control weed growth and conserve the soil's moisture.

Prune wisteria after it flowers in early summer. Cut all of the side shoots branching from the main stems back to 15 cm.


Wisteria does best when planted in the autumn or spring, either before or after summer growth.


Trim any shoots growing from the vine's base to avoid a weak vine.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Mulch
  • Pruning shears
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