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Hi all. I replanted my whisteria late last summer from a pot into the ground. I kept as many mature vines as I could however this year sadly no blooms. Should I cut back really hard to original whip? Or has it not flowered because it need to establish more? 

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,589

    Some wisteria can take a few years to get established and flower.   They also to be pruned twice a year to encourage the formation of flowering shoots.  There's some good advice on this RHS page - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=242

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,605

    I'd say you'll get lots of vertical shoots coming from those horizontal ( ish ) stems. Cut them back to about 12" in July / August, and then cut those same shoots back to 3 or 4 buds in Jan / Feb.

    You should have lots of flowers next year.

    I'd say you've done the right thing by establishing a decent framework, rather than the "quick fix" of flowers this year. 

    Devon.
  • So new shoots will appear from the framework? And it's those that should be cut back rather than the framework? 

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,589

    Yes.  A good framework transports the nutrients which provide the oomph for all the new shoots to grow.  You then intervene and prune those shoots to encourage them to make flower buds.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,605

    and we can all do with a bit of oomph every now and again, can't we?

    Devon.
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