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How to Harvest Wisteria Vine Seeds

By M.H. Dyer ; Updated September 21, 2017

Wisteria are woody vines that will twine and climb over nearly anything, and can sometimes grow to be as much as 70 feet long. The ornamental vines will bear clusters of beautiful purple flowers that will hang down like bunches of grapes. Wisteria seeds are easy to gather from pods that hang from the vine, but keep in mind that a new wisteria plant grown from seed will take up to 15 years before it produces blooms.

Look for the pods that will hang down in clusters from the wisteria vine. Wisteria is related to the pea, and the pods will be similar to a pea pod. They will turn from green to brown, and will have a velvety appearance.

Wait for the wisteria pods to turn brown, and then pull them off the vine and drop them in a large paper sack. Don’t wait too long, because the pods will explode and the seeds will be dispersed, especially on hot, autumn days.

Leave the pods in the bag until they are dry and brittle. If the seeds don’t come out on their own, break open the pods and remove them. There will be between one and eight seeds in each pod. The seeds will be brown in color, and will be between ½ and 1 inch in diameter.

Put the wisteria seeds in a small paper bag. Store them in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to plant.


Things You Will Need

  • Large paper sack
  • Small paper bag

About the Author


M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.