Wisteria - Attempt to grow as a Standard - Advice Please
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!
You will need more than a lightweight cane if you want to train it upwards.
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.
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.
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.
I spotted this one at a very reasonable price and just bought it as a fail safe!