The Q&A Archives: Wilting Wisteria

Question: I planted a wisteria near my front door. The soil is ok and initially the plant was thriving. Now the lower leaves are starting to look brown in places and it is looking droopy. I have watered it about once per week although it does get some water from the sprinkler. I am trying to train it so it goes over the front door arbor. Any thoughts as to why it is so suddenly sickly? We have had some very hot weather toward the end of the summer.

Answer: Wisteria are deciduous vines, meaning they lose their leaves in autumn and stay bare all winter long. What you're describing sounds like a natural course of events for this time of year. Be sure to rake up all the fallen leaves to keep insect and disease problems at bay. You can slow down on watering as your plant goes into a resting phase. As the buds swell in the springtime you can resume watering on a regular basis. Enjoy the fabulous bloom your Wisteria will provide next spring!

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