The Q&A Archives: Growing Wisteria Seeds

Question: I need to know the proper way to propagate wisteria seeds. A friend gave me a pod from her mother's wisteria bush. Her mother passed away and she really wanted this as remembrance. Her wisteria bush was pulled out and this pod is the only thing she has left of it. I broke the pod open and took out five small seeds. I planted the biggest one. But nothing has sprouted for about 3 weeks now. I really don't know what to do now. Please help. I really need your expertise! Have a nice day! Thank you!

Answer: According to Michael Dirr's Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, the seeds should germinate easily. However, he goes on to note that if they are very hard and dry, you should soak them in warm water for 24 hours prior to planting them. You might also try a bit of gentle bottom heat. When you plant the seeds, use a barely damp soilless mix, plant the seeds just deep enough to be covered, water lightly to settle the soil, then cover the pot with plastic wrap (to maintain humidity) and set it in a bright location out of direct sun (direct sun would cause overheating in the closed container). Check for germination often and remove the cover as soon as they sprout.

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