The Q&A Archives: chinese wisteria

Question: I recently bought a chinese whisteria and it has some top growth that is blooming and it also has growth at the bottom. I have not planted it yet. i plan to put it next to a pole fence for support and at some point put a outdoor structure close to it. I would like for it to be more tree like. Is this possible? If I cut the bottom growth off, what will it do? Will it go into shock or what?

Answer: You can train your wisteria into a tree form but you should wait until after the roots have become established in your garden. Plant your wisteria now and allow it to grow unpruned for the remainder of the year. Next spring you can prune out the bottom growth so you only have a single stem or trunk. You can drive a stake into the ground next to it to provide some temporary support until you decide whether to put a structure next to it. If you prune out everything now when you first plant it, the plant may not recover. Patience is the key!

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