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Name: krissy
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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pinkmoonk
Aug 4, 2016 3:04 AM CST
I recently got a wisteria plant from Amazon and it arrived a little beat up and with a few holes in the leaves, recently it's looked like this- I've been trying to give it enough sun/water/love but it hasn't really changed how damaged the leaves are. Anyone able to ID the culprit of this issue? Thanks!!


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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Aug 4, 2016 11:21 AM CST
I don't know why the leaves are spotty; it doesn't look serious. However are you sure it's wisteria?
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Aug 4, 2016 11:31 AM CST
Welcome! Krissy. Once leaves are damaged like that, however much care you give it will not make the dead spots turn green again. Maybe I'm misunderstanding the question, do you think new damage is being done since you received it?
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Aug 4, 2016 4:01 PM CST
I agree with the previous posters...

Are you trying to grow wisteria indoors? I can't imagine that it's happy in the living room.

If that is the chinese wisteria... you should treat it like the weed that it is... plant it in the yard, and then plan to keep cutting it back.

It may look like a delicate hot house plant right now, but that's a trick...
http://www.stonethegardener.com/wp/2011/03/wisteria/
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Aug 4, 2016 6:25 PM CST
Wisteria also "shrinks as it grows" and will pull down all but the sturdiest structures offered to it for support.
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Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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DavidLMO
Aug 4, 2016 9:48 PM CST
The leaves appear to have been eaten and some of them cut off by seller and they have water burn - i.e. watered in morning and sun burned the spots.

As indicated above, once a leaf is hosed there is nothing you can do to make that leaf look better. New leaves should look better.

Do you have this in the ground?

Was the Amazon seller Hirts?

What type of Wisteria is this supposed to be?
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Name: krissy
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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pinkmoonk
Aug 5, 2016 12:38 AM CST
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00GSAS3PU/ref=yo_ii_img?ie=U...

This is what I purchased. I was under the impression it was a wisteria... Did I receive a different plant??

When it initially arrived there was a lot of spotting but I feel like even more of the leaves have started getting those yellow spots/spots that look eaten through. I wasn't sure if there was something I could do to prevent the rest of the plant from getting it or if it came damaged from the seller and is just doomed-

And sun burned spots? I'm a night owl and usually water my plants around midnight. inside, it's near the window but because the pot is a little big it hasn't been getting direct sunlight- should I change that?

I'm currently trying to purchase a house so all of my plants are potted until that goes through in the next month. Sad I do know they grow wild and are very fragrant- I was especially excited when I purchased this one. I think it would work well as a privacy cover over a chain link fence since it's so viney! <3
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Aug 5, 2016 2:19 AM CST
If the spots look eaten through, is it possible they have leaf miner?

This plant does best in full sun according to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Here's their page for 'Blue Moon'.

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFind...

Unless the plant has hairy leaves it's not likely to be burnt from watering even if it was outdoors and watered in mid-day sun, which you say it wasn't. I assume also that being indoors you aren't getting the leaves wet when you water? Watering at night is best avoided because it promotes fungal diseases but again I'm assuming you don't get the leaves wet?

If anyone is interested here's an article about research that showed plant leaves that are not hairy do not get damaged by watering in the sun:
http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/sunburned-ferns
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Aug 5, 2016 7:01 AM CST
Thanks for posting the link.

The ad claims to offer a native wisteria.

Not the weedy Chinese variety.

I would take the potted wisteria outside... Probably wouldn't put it in full sun, but morning sun/afternoon shade should be good.

Good luck finding a house, please let us know how things go!
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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DavidLMO
Aug 5, 2016 6:05 PM CST
[quote="sooby"]

If anyone is interested here's an article about research that showed plant leaves that are not hairy do not get damaged by watering in the sun:
]http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/sunburned-ferns[...

That is simply not true. I have dozens of plants now and have had dozens over the past 40 + years of gardenting that DO in fact get burnt from watering and then the sun blasts them.

I do agree that one should avoid getting wayer on the leaves that are hairy or fuzzy.

And yes - watering at night leads to numerous mold and fungal problems.
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Aug 5, 2016 6:08 PM CST
If that was the case, though, why doesn't it happen every time the sun comes out right after a rain shower?

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