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Wisteria Renovation

I've been reading up about Wisterias and pruning and get the general idea but my problem is the climbing Wisteria in question has got really tall with 2 entwined stems from the bottom and only leafy growth at top and not flowering well. All the stuff I've been reading talks about whippy growth but I can't see that solving the problem of all the leaf growth being too high up. Not sure if that makes sense!! Can take picture tomorrow. Any advice much appreciated.

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 26,165

    the " whippy growth" has been made this year

     

    Devon.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 26,165

    it's really easy when you get to grips with it. honest

    Devon.
  • I've had my wisteria over 25 years - bought for 99p from Woolworths. I'm v.proud if it image I think a hard prune will encourage new growth lower down. You can then train 3/4 main stems to grow horizontal (more flowers) and prune Sept and Jan.

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,556

    I have a young one, not flowered yet, I haven't a clue how to prune it, it seems to have bits growing out everywhere! 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 26,165

    Lyn, I'll talk you through it next time we meet. Don't panic. It's easy

     

    Devon.
  • Oh my gosh that is so beautiful. I had a saturday job in Woolworths a long time ago! Thanks for the replies. When you say hard prune, are we talking just the whippy growth or right down at the base? That's scary!

    I really appreciate all the advice, I only have a small garden with things that I know what I'm doing with but a couple of friends have asked me to help with their gardens and because I'd like to learn about different plants I've said yes. I'm enjoying it but then I come across something like this and I'm not sure. Friend know absolutely nothing about gardening so are happy to entrust me! 

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,556
    Hostafan1 wrote (see)

    Lyn, I'll talk you through it next time we meet. Don't panic. It's easy

     

    you're a star, I will take a photo of of it to bring. I have looked in books, got a beautiful book on pruning, but it doesn't look like mine!! 

     

     

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Pugslovesun, I had some good advice on this forum at 

    http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/overgrown-wisteria/594623.html

    Could you post a pic if you are still unsure? image

  • cooo! wot a whopper!!!! worth every one of those 99 psimage

  • Thanks gardenlily, that's helpful, here's a pic!

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     That's the bottom where you can see the main 2 main stems entwined.

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     And then there's no growth until this at the top where there is whip growth. I understand for all the tips about pruning the whip growth is that all I need to do, I was hoping to get growth lower down. Many thanks for your patience!

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