Successfully cultivating these beautiful climbers to produce their spectacular flowers (and the difficultyof it)is a regular topic of discussion with gardeners, there are just a few golden rules. Always plant them somewhere sunny in well prepared soil and prune them a couple of months after flowering back to five or six leaves of new growth to encourage flowerbud while also restricting their size.
Finally, always buy a grafted plant as they will flower from a much younger age and don’t feed it too much then you can enjoy their extravagant sweetly scented racemes of flowers every May and June for many years to come.
These are fantastic climbers for a sunny spot, or they can be trained up a stout post and pruned as a beautiful standard or ‘lollipop. We have the following varieties, all as young grafted plants. Wisteria floribunda is the Japanese Wisteria, always twining clockwise with beautiful, exceptionally long flower racemes, the flowers opening in succession at the same time as the leaves unfurl.
Wisteria sinensis is the Chinese Wisteria, always twining anticlockwise with the long flower racemes opening before the leaves, all of the flowers open simultaneously.