Wisteria Planting Instructions


Wisteria is a large, perennial vine that grows up anything in its path and can reach more than 65 feet in length. The diameter of the wisteria reaches 15 inches as it ages. This ornamental vine produces 4-to-20-inch long flower clusters that hang like bunches of grapes. The spring blossoms are white, pink, lilac-blue and purple. Japanese wisteria twine around their supports in a clockwise direction and Chinese vines twine in a counter-clockwise direction. Wisteria leaves turn yellow in cool fall weather.

Step 1

Remove the grass, weeds and debris in a 2-to-3-foot diameter circle. Prepare your planting site in an area that receives more than six hours of direct sunlight.

Step 2

Loosen the soil to the depth of 18 to 24 inches with a shovel. Turn the soil over, and break up the dirt clumps. Keep working the soil over with a garden hoe until it is pebble-sized.

Step 3

Spread 4 to 6 inches of peat moss, compost or well-rotted manure over the planting site. Work this into the soil to improve the drainage. Rake the soil smooth and level.

Step 4

Install a trellis or some other support 12 inches from the center of the planting area. As the wisteria grows, train it to grow up the trellis.

Step 5

Dig a hole in the center of the planting area that is as deep as the wisteria root ball. Place the wisteria in the hole so that the pant is not deeper than it was growing in its container.

Step 6

Fill the soil in around the root ball, and firm it around the wisteria plant. Soak the area with water.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wisteria can climb anything, which can cause problems with larger plants that support it. Wisteria vines can girdle a larger plant and kill it.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Garden hoe
  • Peat moss
  • Rake
  • Trellis
  • Wisteria plant
  • Water


  • Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet: Growing Wisteria
  • University of Florida: Wisteria
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Karen Carter has spent the last three years working as a technology specialist in the public school system. This position included hardware/software installation, customer support, and writing training manuals. She also spent four years as a newspaper editor/reporter at the Willapa Harbor Herald.