The Q&A Archives: Starting Wisteria Seed

Question: I'm wanting to start a wisteria vine, have some seed pods, but know nothing about starting the plant. Can it be started from a cutting?

Answer: Wisteria can be propagated from root division, layering, from stem cuttings and from seed pods. Since you have the seeds, we'll concentrate on that method. Seeds should be started in late winter or early spring for transplanting outdoors when the weather is warm. Store your seeds over the winter by placing them in an airtight container and keeping them in a cool, dark place. When you're ready to germinate the seeds soak them for 24 hours in tepid water after nicking the seed coat to allow for water penetration. After soaking plant the seeds 1-inch deep in moistened seed starting mix, cover the pots or trays with plastic wrap to help hold in moisture, and keep at 55F-65F degrees. Seedlings will appear in 30-35 days. Plants started from seed may not bloom for 10 years!

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