The Q&A Archives: Wisteria

Question: I planted a hardy wisteria in 2006. I was told the 'hard' prune it in the spring otherwise it would never bloom. Blooms probably would occur after 3 years. I'm not sure what hard pruning involves. I have started to see some leafing out at the base of the plant and would like to prune it as soon as possible. Please help! Thank you!

Answer: Hard pruning is simply cutting the main stems way back to encourage lots of new vining growth. Cut the main stem(s) back to about 12", leaving 4-6 buds on the stem. These buds are where new growth will emerge.

Best wishes with your wisteria!

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