Can anyone suggest why the flowers on my wisteria flower to full bloom then drop off the vine.The plant appears to be very healthy and and about 10 years old


  • hypercharleyfarleyhypercharleyfarley Posts: 319

    'cos that's what they all do!  seriously, though, the flowers (the whole stem is called a raceme, I think) don't seem to last all that long.  This year my wisterias weren't doing their best - due I suppose to the amount of rain we had when the flowers first began to open.  Those at the top of the racemes were well past their best & starting to die off before the whole had flowered.  What's usually left after flowering is a rather tough central "stem" which stays put even over the winter months, giving the plant a bit of a whiskery look sometimes.  I just snip them off - takes hours as the wisterias cover most of the front of my house!  If  any of them set seed, the pod looks a bit like a tough hairy runner bean pod and this will stay on the vine for months if you let it.   I don't think may people attempt to grow wisterias from seed - I believe they're mostly propagated using cuttings.  In any case, they take years to grow & be mature enough to flower, so if you're considering buying another one any time I'd suggest you get one which is in flower at the time of purchase.

  • jo17jo17 Posts: 59

    We had a  very late frost when the flowers were almost at their best , but not quite, and they all turned brown and withered. It is always touch and go as to whether they really show their best...could this be what happened to yours ?

  • Geoff  2Geoff 2 Posts: 2

    Thank's for the swift responce chap's.The reason i ask the question, is as i drive around some wisterias appear to be visable all year round,or is it just my imagination!

  • jo17jo17 Posts: 59

    The other gardeners grass is always greener..... or wisteria better !

    Don't despair...unless you are very exposed to frost/ bad weather hopefully we'll all do better next year !

  • Poppy RedPoppy Red Posts: 26

    I think the weather messed up our wisteria this year.  Usually it is a mass of deep mauve flowers whereas this year the flowers were very pale and dropped very quickly - a mixture of downpours and wind I assume.

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