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How to Prune: Wisteria

by CountryLife Gardening | May 18, 2015
How to Prune: Wisteria
Keep your garden pack full of beautiful blooms year after year with regular pruning. Today we will look at pruning Wisteria.

Wisteria’s require annual pruning to encourage flowering for the following year. This is normally carried out twice a year once in early spring, to prepare the flowering spurs for the forthcoming season, and again in mid-summer just as the last flowers have finished blooming.

Spring: When you start to see new growth in spring you should prune back any stems that are showing signs of winter damage. The reason for this is to regain control of the plant, which may have become untidy during the previous months.

Mid-Summer (as the last flowers have finished blooming): To encourage blooms the following year, shorten side branches so they extend no more than 36” from the main stem. Thin out some of the stems if growth is so dense that light won't penetrate well. If the vine is as tall as you'd like it to be, you can prune back the top of the main stem. This results in more branching and potential future blooms.
Top Tip - As a rule of thumb you are aiming to reduce the growth by two thirds to encourage new growth the following year.

Written by Malachy - CountryLife Dungarvan

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Malachy's Bio
I have been gardening since I was 5 years old when my mother gave me a part of our garden as my own. I have studied horticulture in the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin and was a winner in the young horticulturist of the year competition. I have worked in Several plant nurseries and garden centers such as Mount Congreve in Co. Waterford. My special interests are plant propagation and Cacti!