The Q&A Archives: Wisteria trimming, and pods

Question: My wisteria is in a courtyard. I have lived here 5 years. It was here when we bought the house. It has never bloomed until this SUMMER!
It looks wild now with growth all over, but I am afraid to trim and
remove what will create new blooms. What do I want to cut and what do I want to avoid cutting? Shall I remove the pods? I don't intend to use the seeds. Thanks

Answer: Wisteria is beautiful when it blooms! You can leave the seed pods alone, or you can prune them off. It makes no difference to the plant. Wisteria sets blooms in late summer for the next year's spring display so you don't want to do any extensive pruning this late in the season. Instead, plan on pruning it back as soon as it has finished flowering. All through the summer, prune out the tips of all new shoots when they reach 12" long. In the winter, shorten the shoots again so that about 6 buds remain on each shoot. Cut away all suckers that appear at the base of the plant. With a little experience you'll be able to recognize the fat flower buds as they develop and avoid pruning them off, concentrating instead on the rest of the streamers to keep the plant under control. Best wishes with your landscape!

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