How to Plant Desert Wisteria


Desert wisteria is a fast-growing vine that produces an impressive cascade of colorful blooms. Always provide a trellis or other structure for your desert wisteria to climb or the plant will snake all over your garden, sprouting new plants from its vines and quickly taking over your yard. Desert wisteria prefers open shaded areas that get some sun, with plenty of moist soil, and will grow well with little or no fertilizer. Desert wisteria should be planted in the fall or spring.

Step 1

Choose a well-drained area that gets some direct sun but which also is shaded for part of the day. Dig a hole with your spade that is as deep as the root ball of your desert wisteria and approximately two to three times as wide.

Step 2

Mix compost with the garden soil that you have removed from the hole in the ratio of one part compost to two parts soil. Mix well.

Step 3

Place your desert wisteria in the hole and carefully fill in approximately 1/2 of the hole with soil. Water to remove any air pockets from the soil and then finish covering the roots with your soil and compost mixture. Press lightly. If planting more than one desert wisteria, plant them 10 to 15 feet apart.

Step 4

Water well. Keep the soil moist but not saturated as your desert wisteria takes root and begins to grow. Provide a trellis or other structure for it to grow up on, keeping in mind that your wisteria can grow to 10 feet tall.

Step 5

Spread a layer of compost around your desert wisteria every spring.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade
  • Compost
  • Desert wisteria
  • Trellis


  • National Gardening Association: Growing Wisteria
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Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for TV, everything from SMURFS to SPIDER-MAN.