The Q&A Archives: About Wisteria

Question: My first question and the easier of the two is which kind of Wisteria is the most fragrant? The second question is about 7 years ago I bought some Wisteria plants I don't know which variety. I have been waiting for flowers which have never come. I get wonderful vines that grow like crazy with green leaves. I am wondering if there is something I can do to get them to flower or should I give up, pull them out and start over. I had purchased them because I love the smell of flowers.

Answer: Japanese wisteria is probably more fragrant than the Chinese wisteria, some people do not like the fragrance of the American wisteria. Fragrance is always subjective, though, so you might want to check some actual plants and see what you think in person.

If your vine was started from seed, it may still need to mature before it will bloom. This can take as long as twenty years, but 7 or 8 is often sufficient. In the meantime, you will want to be giving it optimal care to try to get it to bloom as soon as possible. If you purchased a grafted plant, it should bloom assuming it is in full sun, not overfertilized, and is pruned correctly.

Here is some general care and maintenance information for wisteria, to help you review your practices.

Good luck with your wisteria!

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