The Q&A Archives: Wisteria From Seed

Question: Our wisteria is approximately eight years old and very beautiful. There are bean pods hanging from the vines. Could I start new vines from these beans? If not what are they?

Answer: The beans contain seeds and you can start new wisteria plants from them. Allow the pods to remain on the plant until they turn brown and twist to release the seeds. Collect the seeds and plant right away, or save to plant next spring. There's a hard coating on the seeds that needs special treatment before the seeds can germinate. You can carefully chip away some of the seed coat to allow water to penetrate to the inside, or you can soak the seeds for 24 hours in hot water prior to planting. Wisteria seeds take 30-60 days, at 55F to 65F degrees to germinate. Use regular seed starting mix and plant only 1/8 of an inch deep.

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