How to Plant Wisteria Vertically


Wisteria is a vigorously growing vine in the legume family. While there are 10 different varieties of wisteria, the most popular found in gardens are Chinese and Japanese wisteria. Chinese wisteria has more showy blooms while the Japanese wisteria is cold hardy down to USDA zone 5, according to the University of Colorado. Wisteria can be invasive and difficult to control in a garden environment, so be sure to plant it well away other plants in your garden.

Step 1

Choose a place in your yard for wisteria. It needs full sun but is tolerant of clay, sandy, acidic and alkaline soil. Well-drained soil is needed for the best blooms.

Step 2

Install the trellis before you plant the wisteria. Loosen the soil and dig the trellis into the ground or pound on the top of the trellis with a mallet. Pile soil around the base of the trellis so it will not move. If you have an arbor, the trellis is not necessary.

Step 3

Dig a hole for the wisteria as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Place the wisteria in the hole and fill the hole with soil.

Step 4

Tie the wisteria vines to the trellis or arbor with string so it will start to climb vertically.

Step 5

Water the wisteria until the ground is moist but not soaking.

Tips and Warnings

  • Keep wisteria pruned yearly so it does not take over your garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Trellis or arbor
  • String


  • University of Arkansas: Plant of the Week Wisteria
  • University of Colorado: Beautiful and Versatile Wisteria
  • Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council Invasive Plant Manual: Japanese Wisteria
  • University of Florida: Wisteria (PDF)
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About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.