How to Grow Wisteria

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Wisteria, Wisteria sinensis, is a Chinese vine variety grown in gardens. This hardy vine can grow to twenty-five feet tall and has clusters of flowers that range from 6 inches to 1 foot in length. Wisteria is a hardy plant that has a long life span. They can be grown from seed; however, rooted cuttings establish much faster.

Step 1

Place wisteria cutting in rooting hormone, and coat the end well. Put the cutting into a bucket of water, roots should form in 2 to 3 weeks. Prepare soil by adding peat moss and compost to improve nutrient content and increase aeration.

Step 2

Use a post hole digger to make a hole one foot deep. Place the trellis in the hole at a slight angle, and pack the soil around it tightly. Dig another hole opposite the first one and place another trellis angled towards the first one. The trellis will support each other as the wisteria matures and become heavy.

Step 3

Dig a small hole in the soil approximately six inches down, and place the root ball in the hole. Cover with soil 2 to 3 inches up the stem. Water thoroughly, soaking the soil. Wisteria requires heavy watering once per week.

Things You'll Need

  • Wisteria cutting
  • Rooting hormone
  • Prepared garden bed
  • Trellis
  • 1 gallon bucket
  • Post hole digger


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About this Author

Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.

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