American Wisteria Frutescens Trained As A Standard In A Container - Knowledgebase Question

Brooklyn, NY
Question by lwood1
June 4, 2002
I just planted an American Wisteria frutescens AMETHYST FALLS in my brownstone backyard near a trellis. (It really does bloom the first year!)

Now I'm thinking that it would be better to train it as a standard in a container. I know the American wisteria is supposed to be less invasive but I'm still worried about it. Can this kind be trained as a standard like the Asian wisterias?

Answer from NGA
June 4, 2002


Although considered less vigorous than the floribunda, this vine is still very big, hitting thirty feet or so. As such it needs a very sturdy support, too.

You certainly could train it as a standard, however planting it in the ground is always preferable to trying to maintain it in a container. If planted in a lawn area and trained to a sturdy post, the plant will be healthier and your job of taking care of it will be much easier -- this is what I would suggest if at all possible.

If grown in a container, you will need to water and feed it faithfully, insulate the roots in the winter, and pot it up into a larger container periodically, then ultimately root-prune and repot periodically as needed to keep it healthy.

Enjoy your wisteria!

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