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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Mar 24, 2018 9:02 PM CST
I just read that wisteria can be/should be pruned in "late winter". And that it only blooms on new wood. Since we are technically 5 days into spring (tho the outside conditions lead me to believe we are still dealing with "late winter") should I just leave it and prune next year? The crazy growing is not a problem; I have it growing up and over the top of the pergola. The pergola itself is really heavy, could withstand a monsoon; build with 6 inch pole barn poles, 2x10s and 2x12s.

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Name: Bill
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BigBill
Mar 25, 2018 3:42 AM CST
Wisteria doesn't know that late winter is technically over and it is spring. I am pretty sure that you prune it in late winter "while it is still dormant." It is easier to see what you are doing when you prune.
Once pruned, the stored up energy from last year bursts forth as dormant vegetative eyes begin to grow due to the pruning. The number of new shoots produced are far greater in number then would have occurred prior to pruning. More new shoots means more blooms! As you stated, "it blooms on new wood."
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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
Mar 25, 2018 4:11 AM CST
From what I read it sounds like i can get really vicious with the pruning shears. Really, really vicious. Whistling Sounds like a job for this afternoon. But, I am hoping for it to cover most of the top of the pergola so it will "shade" the inside. Will it ever grow that much in a year?
Name: Bill
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BigBill
Mar 25, 2018 5:47 AM CST
I pruned my neighbors Wisteria for years on Long Island and hers use to send out these runners or shoots. Some would go 15-20' or more in a year. They would run along the chain link fence and up trees but in shaded places. These shoots would not bloom, probably not old enough or not in enough sun. But in a spot like yours, you should be able to better control its penchant for wandering. Good luck!
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