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MrsFoxgloveMrsFoxglove SurreyPosts: 180

So just over a year ago I bought two Wisteria and planted one in our front garden (it's north facing) and one at the side of our house (in a south facing position).

Anyway the one in the front garden just took off and even flowered with a few pretty flowers while the one at the side of the house just seemed to be stunted and miserable looking.

After a few months I decided to move it to the front garden in the hope it would perk up and start to flourish but then it got worse!

Its leaves all yellowed so I lopped them off hoping to encourage lots of new growth, I thought moving it may have upset it but now it's been a good few months and it looks like this... 

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Does it have a hope in hell or shall I just cut my losses and try again with a new one?

Thanks muchly image

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,622

    I'd suggest it looks like it's not been given the best start in life. It seems to be too close to the house, which means it'll be a lot drier than you'd imagine,and you've other plants at its feet, competing for rain and nutrients. 

    I'd remove the plants, clear a decent sized area around it and mulch with well rotted garden compost / manure and give it a bit of TLC. 

    It doesn't look very big, I'd be tempted to dig it up and move it away from the downpipe as I think you're storing up trouble for the future if it does start to grow around it.

    Devon.
  • MrsFoxgloveMrsFoxglove SurreyPosts: 180

    Thanks Hostafan, this isn't where it started off life but I agree about the pipe, I wanted the 2 to meet and go crazy but if it did I might be in trouble! I don't really have anywhere else to move it to image

    The other plants around it are in pots*

    Last edited: 20 August 2017 19:31:59

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,594

    When a wisteria is happy it can be very big and boisterous.   You only need one to cover a decent area of wall or fence.

    I suggest that, in autumn when it is dormant, you move it back to the south facing position and give it a very well prepared planting hole (compost, nutrients, depth, watering, mulch).   Make sure they both have a strong framework to train them in and support them.    Feed them well and prune in July and Jan/Feb to contain the vigour and direct it towards producing flowering shoots.

    The RHS has some good advice on pruning - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=242 and care - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=173

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • MrsFoxgloveMrsFoxglove SurreyPosts: 180

    Thanks Obelixx image

    It's like musical Wisteria's keep moving it image

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,594

    Before you move it again, keep it well watered and give it a good soak before you do dig it up again so you minimise damage to the roots.   Plant it well away from any wall that will make its soil dry and impoverished by soaking up goodies.

    Once it's in its new home, water well and mulch with some compost.  Feed it some slow release rose or tomato food next spring to encourage flowers and water in dry spells.   It should repay you with strong growth and flowers.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • MrsFoxgloveMrsFoxglove SurreyPosts: 180

    Here's hoping image thank you kindly for the advice 

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