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Winter Pruning Wisteria

I last pruned my wisteria in July last year. I had planned to cut down again to the flowering spurs in Feb  but didn't get around to it. Can I still do it in April? it hasn't started to leaf yet. 

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 24,929
    Maybe a bit late so I would do half of the stems cutting them back to 2 buds but leave all the others.

    Once it gets to a certain size it's impossible to do a totally accurate 7 bud summer prune and 2 bud winter prune so I just tidy mine up taking out any long whippy stems in summer (produced all summer so not just in July) and then in winter when I can see the bare framework I remove any stems heading under gutters or over windows and doors and then take out any crossing or broken stems.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thanks, that's a good idea. Do you think there is a risk of stunting the flower growth if I prune now?
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 24,929
    That's why I suggested half and half pruning but it's a guess really.  You could try giving it a liquid tonic of tomorite or similar and a slow release fertiliser for roses or tomatoes to help it along.

    Depends on how big and how well established your wisteria is and which way it faces.  I have inherited two mature specimens, one full south and one facing east and they come into flower and leaf one after the other.    The south facing one is planting next to a wall and surrounded by beaten earth and fine gravel and is le vigorous than the other which is also planted next to a wall but has a small, curved bed at its feet and so gets fed and watered occasionally.

    Both flower prolifically and repeat flower thru summer.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • InglezinhoInglezinho Posts: 522
    edited 12 April
    Ah, monsieur "le vigourous" je vois, encore analphabète. Tu sais lire? Je sugère donc, tu fasses cela avant d'envier. Ciao!
    Everyone likes butterflies. Nobody likes caterpillars.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 24,929
    edited 12 April
    Sorry @misterbarkerjMu1IMFW but this poster likes to follow me about and hurl occasional abuse.

    4 big problems there @Inglezinho compared to one little typo on my part where anyone with half a brain would know I mean "less" vigorous, the latter word being the correct spelling with one U.

    I am female.

    The verb suggérer has a double G.

    Envier means envy.  I suspect you meant Envoyer.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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