How to plant wisteria

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How to plant wisteria
Colourful wisteria can brighten up your garden. (photosoul/iStock/Getty Images)

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.

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Things you need

  • Compost
  • Mulch
  • Pruning shears

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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