This is my wisteria vine that has been in the process of being trained into a tree for the past several years. It was loaded with blooms this past spring and usually blooms again after each trimming it gets throughout the summer.
To trim it, I just cut off all the runners that I don't like the looks of. Kind of like a bad haircut... if I take too much off it will always grow back! I will take a new pic this evening and post it. It does bloom from the tips of the new growth. It is pretty nice looking (I think so anyway). My husband said that the only way I could have this was if I swore to keep it trimmed. It is not a hard promise to keep. Takes about 5 minutes every three - four weeks.
Here is a photo I just took. Actually I think it needs more "rounding" out. Hadn't really noticed this until today. After every time I trim it I get a few new blooms. The biggest bloom time for it is in the spring before it leaves out. I think it would be hard to mess it up, as long as it makes you happy... afterall that's what is most important.
Hi Chainsaw, that is a great-looking wisteria you have there.
Hibuscus, Wisteria sinensis (Chinese) and wisteria floribunda (Japanese) both flower on old wood so keep that in mind when you trim and leave some nodes for next year. Wisteria frutescens (American wisteria) flowers on the current year's growth in late spring. Here is a great site about pruning: http://www.plantamnesty.org/pruning_topics/pt_wisteria.htm
Thanks Clare_CA, this does bloom predominately from old wood. It is usually loaded in the spring. I find though, that after each trim it puts on a few "bonus" blooms from the new growth. It is a cool plant and the blooms are an added attraction. Thanks so much for the link. I read this a while back when it was linked on another post. Great information.
Chainsaw, Beautiful Wisteria!Wish I could get one to grow here in Fl. I have planted 3 of them here, but they are still not growing well.I moved here in 2002 from Lavonia, Ga & still have not adaped to the Fl gardening ! Too much heat & sand! LOL!
Thanks Clare_CA! I have no idea what kind it is. It is just the stuff that runs wild and rampant here in GA. My husband used to be in lawn maintenance. He brought home a small vine that he pulled out of a customers woods one day about 8 or 9 years ago. Told me I could plant it ONLY if I trained it into a tree and KEPT IT UNDER CONTROL!!!!! I saw a photo on our local news back in the spring of one that someone had been training for 30 years... it was breath-taking!
It is very beautiful the way you have trained it, Susan. I hope to train mine into a similar shape, but I was going to allow the branches to hang down some in a weeping manner. Right now, I have a couple of mine trained as a tree, but they are on each side of an arbor and I thought I would let them entwine on the arbor a bit and with each other. I guess we'll see how well they behave!
Thanks, Susan. I will post next year if they bloom. They didn't bloom much this past spring. I think our winter might have been too warm or perhaps they got too much shade. Here's my pink "Honibeni" from the year before:
I really like the pink one! I have been looking for a pink for my yard also. This past spring I dug up a start of a white one from an old home place where the land is scheduled to be cleared off for a subdivision. I have the white one growing up a cedar post where I have a bluebird nest box mounted. It was stunted by being dug at probably not a good time so it didn't bloom. Hopefully this coming spring. I also have the "black" wisteria (posted in vines & climbers too) that I am trying to train as a tree. I think the pink ones are some of the most beautiful.
Hi Susan, my white one is stunted too. It didn't flower for me this year, but I'm glad to see that it is putting on growth. Of all my wisterias, my white one is the smallest and the slowest-growing. The one that I really want to bloom is my Wisteria floribunda Violacea Plena, double purple one. I also have Wisteria floribunda "Royal Purple," which is supposed to have the darkest purple flower of any Wisteria. I purchased some of my wisterias from local nurseries, but some I got here: http://www.rdrop.com/users/green/plantit/
Here is my white one which flowered a little the year before last:
The white blooms are really pretty. Maybe mine will bloom next spring. I don't know if the blooms are as clear a white as yours but I can't complain about the price! The vine is a very sturdy grower. I would not callmine slow growing at all. It has grown probably 10 foot this year so far. I just keep it trimmed and wrapping it arond the post. I periodically cut out the extra vines that shoot up. I know that the one vine will eventually be more than I can comfortably keep up with! Thanks so much for the photo, just like the others... BEAUTIFUL!
I don't dare order a book about them. The photos would just make me feel that I certainly need more... not a good idea!!! There are too many plants that I adore and only a very, very small yard in which to plant them! I probably am already pushing my luck with the three colors that I have. Of course, I REALLY do need to concentrate on finding that pink one!!!!!!!! ;0)
Hibiscus, I know what you mean. In the end, my goal is to get rid of most of the grass! Wisteria on the otherhand would not be the way to go with my hubby. I think he is afraid it might eat the house! I have read stories where it seems it might! I want to fill the yard with Hibiscus, daylilies and all kinds of other stuff! Just a couple of weeks ago I got from a friend a three foot tall arborvitae that this Christmas will be the "Christmas Tree" I have always wanted. I am looking so forward to that!!!!! She said that she hated that tree! I always carry a shovel and a blanket in my trunk. When she said she wanted to dig it up and throw it away, I opened the trunk, grabbed that shovel, dug that bad boy up and brought it right home!!!!!!
I love to plant trees in containers. We have about a quarter of an acre but some of it is completely unusable. Gotta come up with a plan for that part of it! A fence would probably be best but I just don't want to do that. If you are able to root a piece of the pink wisteria for me, I will be deeply in your debt. Let me know what you may be looking for and I will do my absolute best to find it and start it for you! You photos are just beautiful of your plants. Do you have a webpage where you have all your photos? I would love to see more. Hope you have a great day.
Edited to correct horrible spelling errors and finish incomplete thoughts!!!!!!!
Hi Susan, This is a grafted tree so there are no suckers at the base that I can pull up. I don't have a web site any more showing my pictures, but if you go to my Member Page and click on "Link's Clare_CA has started" you will see a lot of my pictures which I uploaded to the Plants Database. Thanks for asking!
I've got a white wisteria that I got from a gardening neighbor who has passed away, so I'm keen to keep it thriving since it makes me think of him. I'm growing it as a standard too, and so far, so good. It's been in the ground about 3 years, I guess, and it's about 4 feet tall and is blooming reliably now. Let's hope my luck holds. Am I asking for trouble to feed it? I live on the water and want to be responsible about fertilizer use.
The one at my old house always got by with no fertilizer. It might not hurt to give it a little bit, but they're not heavy feeders. And they grow like weeds even without fertilizer, so I'd worry if you fertilize it too much it'll just give you lots and lots of leaves and green growth but forget about blooming.