How to Plant Wisteria Root


Wisteria is a hardy, twining vine that belongs to the Pea family. The vine produces pendulous, pink, white, bluish, or purple flowers and a green, pod fruit. Wisteria vines are fast-growing and can reach 50 feet in length in 15 or 20 years. For this reason, you must carefully consider where to plant your wisteria to prevent the vines from clogging gutters or damaging nearby trees. Other than regular pruning, wisteria requires very minimal care, which makes it an ideal choice for gardeners who wish to add low-maintenance color to their landscape.

Step 1

Select a location for planting that receives a minimum of six hours direct sunlight per day. The soil should be moist with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0.

Step 2

Mix compost, manure or peat moss into the soil before planting to improve drainage and aeration.

Step 3

Place a trellis, arbor or wire support system at the planting location. Use only durable materials, such as tubing or galvanized wire, as mature wisteria vines are very heavy.

Step 4

Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball of your wisteria plant. For grafted plants, the hole must be shallow enough that the graft union rests just below the surface of the soil.

Step 5

Place the root ball into the hole. Fill the hole slowly, being careful to firm the soil around the entire root ball.

Step 6

Water your wisteria root very well immediately after planting, and again when the soil becomes dry. Young plants require about one inch of water per week.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost, manure, or peat moss
  • Trellis or other support system
  • Shovel


  • Ohio State University: Growing Wisteria
  • National Park Service: Exotic Wisterias
  • Plant Amnesty: Wisteria Vines

Who Can Help

  • Gardenology: Wisteria
  • Washington State University: Growing Wisteria
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