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by steelwoolghandi on February 16, 2004 09:58 PM
Ok more questions I have white wisteria in my front yard and I would like to make it more of a bush then let it clime into my trees I would like to know what ya’ll use to make it a bush. Just let it go or put something in the center to let it grow on? And does it too go dormant in the winter and loose all its leaves? And what is the recommended fertilizer?


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by Newt on February 17, 2004 02:20 AM
Hi Steelwoolghandi,

"Wisteria are easy to train into standard or "tree" form. Just attach the trunk of the plant to a sturdy 5- or 6-foot stake and trim all but the topmost branches. Prune as needed to keep the vine in bounds. The goal is to acheive a bushy top growth that is supported by the vine's trunk. Remove the stake once the standard is established."

It will still go dormant in the winter but have a nice silhouette.

Vines, including wisteria, should not be fertilized as it will lead to lots of green growth and little flowering. Just topdress with compost.


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by njoynit on February 18, 2004 05:40 PM
and you want to trim it in fall or after it flowers or sets its will form small branching want to keep the tips of these trimmed also so they will branch more.I don't have the white anymore.At my old place i had both the white& the pink i grew them as ball shaped shrubs kinda i guess but they were already in that shaoe when aquired them.Wish i had them still now just got the purple,but have been propagateing it to other spots& training in a tee pee and up an apple tree(they bloom together)be looking for some kewl pics in a few months.

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by shamarian on February 20, 2004 10:23 PM
Just want you guys know how lucky you are.Us folks over in zone 4 and lower look at those wisteria photos and drool over them knowing they can probably never be for us.

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