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Layering Wisteria

I have a lovely Wisteria I planted about eight years ago when it was just a 3ft bare stick. It has been grafted onto a different rootstock and has flowered well right from the start. It now completely covers our pergola and I'm wondering if I layer it, will the new plant flower so easily and early if it's not grafted? I have heard of people waiting over ten years for flowers.


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,578

    I have a grafted Wisteria macrobotrys on the garage wall, (see camera thread) and I layered a shoot off it, moved  the layer to the pergola, and it flowered two years later.

     I think the ten year thing is for seedlings. if yours is a proven flowerer, go for it.  Given the price of good sized wisterias, its got to be worth a go.

  • Thanks fidgetbones, I'll definitely have a go image

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,862

    I've never tried it,but I've read it must be " flowered wood" to have any chance of success. Do some research and have a go if you think you meet the  criteria.

  • Mike wow, thanks, how beautiful, it's just a tad  more impressive than my back garden pergola! I'm a bit of a technophobe but if this link doesn't work you might be able to copy and paste it.

    Thanks Hostafan1, I'll make sure the branches (do you call them that? they seem too thin) I use have flowered well. Changing the subject what kind of spread does a mini Hosta have, I've got a very small shady spot where I'd like to cram in as many gorgeously coloured Hostas and Heucheras as possible, can you recommend any?

  • Thanks Mike, I think I will try air layering and in the ground, I think apical wedge grafting is a bit beyond me, I wouldn't have a clue what rootstock to use. I was tidying up a Clematis yesterday and it seems to have layered itself! So nice when plants cooperate. 

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