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Hmm... Ive never heard of this before

We got an enquiry from the website the other day that peeked my interest - obviously a massive house.

Today we visited and asked all the usual questions about the previous gardeners... one that came up is he always pruned a massive wisteria with a petrol hedge clippers - the lady also commented that it never flowers that well!!! Well I never :) :)

Or am I missing a trick and should get the Stihl out on Wisterias?

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    Question is Adam . Did it ever flower ? 

    I have come across wisterias which have never flowered in their life but generally they are tough as old boots and very forgiving even using random and radical pruning methods . 

    i wouldn't endorse pruning with a hedge trimmer though . 

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    Massive house with a massive wisteria?


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    We wouldn't prune Wisteria with a hedgecutter, although I could see why people might do when it has an abundance of growth in the summer.

    However the main prune should be carried out in the winter once the leaves have dropped so that a regular framework can be established/maintained and spur production enouraged. When pruned correctly it will flower more freely. If not pruned correctly it will rarely flower abundantly.

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    In my head I am picturing a wisteria big enough to seen from space on Google Earth. 

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      Three years ago I removed two wisterias as instructed from a customers North facing wall they had never flowered in ten years and were a bit spindly considering thier age . 

      I chopped them down to get them in the van , hardly any rootball to speak of . 

      heeled them in on another customers veg patch until i made a decision about their fate , sadly they were neglected , they endured a harsh winter then a summer drought . 

      went down one day and was greeted by a mass of blue flowers both had flowered st exactly same time . 

      an old gardener once told me some plants at the end of their life cycle will flower profusely in a desperate bid to attract insects , make seed , anything to survive or populate . 

      I thought must be one of those occasions and thought they might end up on the winter bonfire . 

      Looking closer they were motoring , new buds and sending out shoots . 

      Customer sold up so i decided to reclaim the wisterias and they got dug up again  , gave one to a friend and kept the other , both have flourished and rewarded us with dark blue flowers and now lovely Autumunal golden leaves on my south facing wall . 

      Amazing plants .


      • Nice story tough as old boots wisteria , I often bring plants home and rehome them ethier in my garden are another customer.


        I can see why you'd attack a hugely over grown wisteria with an hedgetrimmer and then go in and tidy it up with sectaurs .  I do have a wisteria myself one of my favourite plants it seems to be without fail the frost takes out the flowers when they are a week or 2 away from flowering , its only had one good year in nearly 10 years .

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