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Wisteria ? Runner or sucker

About 5 feet’s from my wisteria is what appears to be a runner with a leaf. It’s got a woody stem which leads away from the main plant. I suppose it could be a sucker off the parent plants root?
Any suggestions?

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  • StephenSouthwestStephenSouthwest Southwest EnglandPosts: 325
    I'm pretty sure Wisteria doesn't get grafted onto different rootstock, so I'd say it's a runner rather than a sucker.

  • Thanks. It’s had a solid stem for 10 years and all growth has gone up the house wall. Can’t see how a runner could have escaped my notice! Interesting.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 4,231
    My Alba is grafted.
  • My wisteria is always putting out runners.  I probably cut off around a dozen each summer.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,857
    Most wisteria are grafted. If you can layer a shoot from above the graft , you can gave a plant on its own roots.  If it is a grafted plant then something from below the graft point could be  used a s a base plant for grafting  on to.
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  • Any idea what they are grafted on to? Is it a generic wisteria or something else? The leaf on my rogue has a wisteria leaf. 
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    Any idea what they are grafted on to? Is it a generic wisteria or something else? The leaf on my rogue has a wisteria leaf. 

    I'm pretty sure they use seed-grown wisteria as rootstocks.
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  • StephenSouthwestStephenSouthwest Southwest EnglandPosts: 325
    Most wisteria are grafted. If you can layer a shoot from above the graft , you can gave a plant on its own roots.  If it is a grafted plant then something from below the graft point could be  used a s a base plant for grafting  on to.

    Thanks for the correction - great for me to keep learning.
  • Just had a closer inspection and there are 2 new shoots coming I suspect from the root stock?

  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,235
    Yes, that looks likely. Mine has done the same this year. I just cut them off.
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