Ask a Question forum: thinking about selling, propagating wisteria, but one question............

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Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
Aug 19, 2016 11:00 AM CST
How would I find out what species it is? We've had it for 30 years, and why throw away the cuttings in the compost, when I can train them as trees. Just want to know the process.

Just want to know how I would go about hopefully @drdawg might have some input
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Aug 19, 2016 11:22 AM CST
Wisteria naturally want to be vines. They are trained into "trees" by training a single lead up a support post. When the one lead is to the desired height, cut it off and let it branch. It takes a lot of training to make a tree and it may never support itself.

Watch out if you plan to make this a commercial venture as you do not own the patent on this plant.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Aug 19, 2016 11:44 AM CST
I don't know how to root wisteria after its been pruned...


Wisteria is extremely easy to propagate through layering.

Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
Aug 20, 2016 12:38 PM CST
Nono, I meant on HOW TO FIND the species, to see if it's patented, and then HOW to sell them, what are the hoops I must jump through
Name: Tara
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Aug 20, 2016 12:49 PM CST
Hi Brenden,
The comment by eclayne on this link may help with the identification... Wisterias (Wisteria)
Scroll down to the comment section.

As far as how to sell them...Can't help you there. Sorry.
Name: Jay
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Aug 20, 2016 1:04 PM CST
bhart90 said:Nono, I meant on HOW TO FIND the species, to see if it's patented, and then HOW to sell them, what are the hoops I must jump through

If it's 30 years old any plant patent (if there was one) has expired. Plant patents are only good for 20 years.

Name: Sue
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Aug 20, 2016 1:27 PM CST
You can't patent a naturally occurring species, it would have to be a patented cultivar. See:

According to a search of the US Plant Patents there are three patented Wisteria, 'Ed's Blue Dragon', 'Angie' and 'Betty Tam'.
Name: Elaine
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Aug 21, 2016 8:32 AM CST
But, in most states you need a nursery license to sell plants on any sort of scale.

Not to discourage you, but wisteria is a pretty common, garden plant and it goes dormant and loses its leaves in winter. You can buy them at the big box stores in the spring. If you want to make money selling plants on eBay or somewhere, I'd choose something a little more uncommon that stays alive/active the whole year.

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