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wisteria pruning

I bought a wisteria last year from b&q and was told to trim back in August, which I did. This year I made a umbrella frame and potted it  in a larger pot. Is it to late to trim back now? I haven't had any flowers this year and didn't expect any as it was only a young plant. Should I leave it this year to fill up the  frame?or can I still prune it ?I heard if you prune, it encourages flower buds for the following year. I can't wait till I get my first flower.imageimage



  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 35,819

    That is going to look so stunning when you have finished. I think you could still prune back some of the whippy growth.

    p.s. Love the giant Ladybird! image

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  • Thanks Ladybird4,

    I will do that later today.

  • Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,142

    August is the time to trim back new growth to 5 or 6 buds. I think being a week or so later will still be fine. In early January take these same stems back to 2 or 3 buds. Cut well above the bus as they are delicate. 

    Last edited: 07 September 2016 17:16:11

  • Thanks for that Dave, I will   put that in my diary.

  • Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,142

    No problem and good luck. Looks like you'll have a really nice feature plant there. There's a few good videos on YouTube on pruning but they are basically as stated. This leads to a good flower display. 

  • It's now early January, can I still prune my Wisteria now even though were due  some bad weather with freezing conditions or should I wait a bit longer.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,841

    Best wait till the heavy frosts are over.  It can be done in February if necessary.

    See this for advice from the RHS - 

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  • Thanks Obelixx, I'll leave it for now and wait a bit longer. Thanks for the link.image

  • mushermusher Posts: 389

    Hello Paula

    I agree with Obelixx, it's better being patient, than failing

  • Bee witchedBee witched Posts: 1,122

    Hi Doghouse Riley,

    Any chance you could post a photo of a "fat" bud?

    Just looked at mine and they don't seem to be very far on at all.




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