How to Root Wisteria Vine

Updated April 17, 2017

Wisteria is a perennial vine that is native to the United States. Wisteria can live over a hundred years and it tends to be fast-growing. It can grow about 50 feet in 20 years. Propagating the wisteria vine is easy to do with cuttings. No matter which method you choose to start your cuttings, growing a wisteria vine will add grace your yard with a hanging canopy of green leaves and flowers. Some wisteria will take many years before they send out flowers.

Find healthy young shoots on your wisteria vine. They will be lighter in colour and flexible when you bend them. Old shoots will be darker and will break when bent.

Take a sharp knife or clippers and cut several shoots. A good length to cut them is 12 to 18 inches.

Remove the lower leaves from the bottom 2 inches of the stem with your fingers or a sharp pair of scissors.

Dip the bare end in water. Shake off excess water before you dip the end in rooting hormone.

Put the end dipped in rooting hormone into a glass of water. Set the glass of water in a sunny window. Keep watch on the water level and add more if necessary.

Wait three weeks to a month for the roots to form. New growth should sprout from along the stem. Now it is time to transplant.

Prepare your pot for planting. Add some potting soil to the bottom of a pot.

Take your new root cutting, but be careful because roots grown in water are fragile. Place this in your pot. Gently spread out the roots a little if they have grown long.

Finish filling the pot with soil. Water thoroughly. Allow the soil to dry between watering.


Late winter or late summer is the best time to take cuttings. Do it before the new growth starts. It takes several years for your new wisteria to bloom. If grown from seed, it can take up to 10 years for it to bloom. Do several cuttings at one time, because not all of them will produce roots. When plants are established, you can plant them outside. Just make sure you keep them watered for the first few weeks. After that you can taper off on watering,

Things You'll Need

  • Wisteria
  • Sharp knife or scissors
  • Water
  • Glass
  • Rooting hormone
  • Pot
  • Potting soil
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About the Author

Gail Delaney is a writer in South Dakota and has articles published online at various websites. She is the garden editor for BellaOnline, with years of gardening experience. Being the caretaker of her parents led her in the direction of medical issues, especially natural remedies.