Wisteria - Knowledgebase Question

bloomington, mn
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Question by marystrom
April 24, 2007
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 from NGA
April 24, 2007
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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