Earlier this year, lushspace.io’s Head Gardener, Mus proudly planted an established wisteria. The specific variety was a Chinese wisteria or Wisteria sinensis of the pea family. This gorgeous plant boasts elegant floral displays of cascading purple and a delicate scent. Having navigated the learning curve himself, Mus wanted to share his findings on how to sow and care for this stunning plant.
The first thing to ensure in creating the foundation is fertile soil. Some gardeners swear by phosphorus feed to encourage flowering. This remains anecdotal as there is no clear scientific evidence of this (yet). To maintain the health of the soil, Mus advises to add compost and then a centimetre of mulch every march.
The choice of location is also vital to plant health. To achieve maximum potential, wisteria’s need a lot of sun, partial shade is also acceptable but they won’t bloom as much. The variety you choose can have an impact, too and the Wisteria Sinensis is a vigorous variety, and I’ve seen many that flourish in partial shade. They also grow very quickly, so a good structure is required to help them trail along a designated space, for example a fence. When training the plant, Mus advises to cut back the side shoots to six inches in Summer.
Wisterias also require scheduled aftercare. Pruning is vital to plant maintenance and longevity. This should take place during the late winter months i.e. January to the first week of February. Mus advises to remove half of last year’s growth and to leave two to three buds per stem.
A wisteria in full bloom is a beautiful addition to a south-facing garden. If you would like to have us plant or care for your wisteria, feel free to get in touch.