Wisteria has nitrogen fixing capability (provided by Rhizobia bacteria in root nodules), and thus mature plants may benefit from added potassium and phosphate, but not nitrogen.
Maturation may require only a few years, as in Kentucky wisteria, or nearly twenty, as in Chinese wisteria.Maturation can be forced by physically abusing the main trunk, root pruning, or drought stress.It can grow in fairly poor-quality soils, but prefers fertile, moist, well-drained soil. It can be propagated via hardwood cutting, softwood cuttings, or seed.However, specimens grown from seed can take decades to bloom; for this reason, gardeners usually grow plants that have been started from rooted cuttings or grafted cultivars known to flower well. Another reason for failure to bloom can be excessive fertilizer (particularly nitrogen). All rights reserved, no use without license FRAOM WIKIPEDIA Wisteria (also spelled Wistaria or Wysteria) is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae (Leguminosae), that includes ten species of woody climbing vines that are native to China, Korea, and Japan and as a introduced species to the Eastern United States. An aquatic flowering plant with the common name wisteria or 'water wisteria' is in fact Hygrophila difformis, in the family Acanthaceae. – Kentucky wisteria Wisteria sinensis (Sims) DC.
Contents 1 Taxonomy 1.1 Species 2 Description 3 Cultivation 4 References 5 External links Taxonomy The botanist Thomas Nuttall said he named the genus Wisteria in memory of Dr. – Chinese wisteria Wisteria venusta Rehder & Wils. (or W.
Once the plant is a few years old, a relatively compact, free-flowering form can be achieved by pruning off the new tendrils three times during the growing season; in June, July and August, for the northern hemisphere.
The flowers of some varieties are edible, and can even be used to make wine. Careful identification by an expert is strongly recommended before consuming this or any wild plant.
The world's largest known wisteria is in Sierra Madre, California, measuring more than 1 acre (0.40 ha) in size and weighing 250 tons.
Planted in 1894, it is of the 'Chinese lavender' variety. The leaves are alternate, 15 to 35 cm long, pinnate, with 9 to 19 leaflets.
Wisteria can grow into a mound when unsupported, but is at its best when allowed to clamber up a tree, pergola, wall, or other supporting structure.