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Wisteria - Attempt to grow as a Standard - Advice Please

MsCatFlyMsCatFly Galway, IrelandPosts: 68

Hello

I've seen there are similar posts on this topic, but I wondered if in my case I'm way off. Late last summer I bought a Wisteria Sinensis and planted it in the ground with support in an attempt to grow it as a standard. Should I have bought one grafted to a thicker, longer trunk. I have a feeling I'm at nothing here. 

Pics were taken a few days ago, there are buds appearing.
Second pic to show just how tiny it is! 






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  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,507
    Depends how patient you are!
    You will need more than a lightweight cane if you  want to train  it upwards.
    https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/1028180/standard-wisteria-training
  • Mr. Vine EyeMr. Vine Eye Posts: 2,069
    @K67 my discussion 😁

    Whatever you do don't let your neighbour attempt tree surgery right above your standard wisteria.

    Lost the whole years growth and had to cut right back and start again!

    I've only just got the trunk.
  • MsCatFlyMsCatFly Galway, IrelandPosts: 68
    @K67, gosh! Did you give your neighbour a piece of your mind? 

    I've read the discussion. Mine is so teeny tiny, I think I'm finding it hard to imagine it becoming a tree, it's basically a twig at the moment. Is it possible for me to grow this as a stangard then - if I follow the advice in the discussion? Is it suitable? I'm prepared to wait, but I wonder should I have bought one grafted onto a thicker trunk for a succesful result. 
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,707
    Wisteria can we very slow to flower.
    Buying  a grafted one in flower, shows you what flowers are like and it should flower every year.

    Standard ones are not cheap to buy.
    But they should have a good strong trunk...robust enough to support the heavy weight on the top.
    You will also need a strong stake.
    An umbrella  wire frame on top might be an excellent idea...see link
    it will be many years before yours reaches this size/shape.

    http://www.allotment-garden.org/store/equipment/wisteria-umbrella-support-frame
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • MsCatFlyMsCatFly Galway, IrelandPosts: 68
    @Silver surfer thank you. Yeah, I'm beginning to think it's going to take a little too long to become a standard tree that we can enjoy. 

    I spotted this one at a very reasonable price and just bought it as a fail safe! 

    https://www.gardens4you.ie/standard-wisteria-sinensis-tree-ie-en.html
  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,507
    No it wasn't mine the post was started by Mr Vine Eye who lives next door to rather careless neighbours!
  • MsCatFlyMsCatFly Galway, IrelandPosts: 68
    K67 said:
    No it wasn't mine the post was started by Mr Vine Eye who lives next door to rather careless neighbours!
    Ah, yes, I see! Sorry @Mr. Vine Eye that was meant for you! 😊 I'm still getting used to forum! 🙄
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