30 March 2012

Romantic and Nostalgic

Chinese Wisteria
Wisteria sinensis

pendulous clusters of fragrant
eye-pleasing flowers

Grandfather's Beard
Chinese wisteria

Wisteria is a member of the Pea family
Fabaceae (formerly Leguminoseae)

A popular ornamental vine with twisted, gnarled stems, arching leaves, and pendant violet to white blossoms.

Misho bonsai
Flowers on this
Grandfather's Beard Wisteria
 are white

Wisteria is a deciduous plant that any one could grow.The Wisteria is a vine, but with training will grow upright to resemble a tree. Wisteria needs regular hard pruning and wants sun and more sun. Don’t over-fertilize. Wisteria has a nitrogen fixing capability, so plants may benefit from added potassium and phosphate, but not nitrogen. Nitrogen (or even too much balanced fertilizer) can give you lots of leaves but no flowers. Main shoots can be cut back severely just after the bloom is finished. Root pruning done in late fall can stimulate young plants to bloom. New buds form in late summer for the following spring's show. Wisterias like well-drained acid soil and need a lot of water in summer when they can be placed in a tray of water and will suck the tray dry before any root rot can begin. 

After 3 months in the refrigerator
Wisteria seed sprout
Feb 22, 2009

Leaves form on newly germinated
Feb 27, 2009

After one month

3/27/ 2012
Third year

The best way to control wisteria
is to put them in little tiny pots
and turn them into bonsai

 One of the most popular flowering vines for home gardens
can become an invasive species in some areas

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1 comment:

  1. The old home we purchased is full of Wisteria seeds and small trees and ground roots. Any one interested in tell us how to get this under control. The 45 inches of rain this summer has caused the seeds to grow into our garden. I need a Clemson University class that study this Bonsai growth. Thank you for any assistance.



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