YOU will have enjoyed a good show of flowers during late spring if you planted a named variety of wisteria
, such as Plena, which has double, lilac coloured flowers.
SPRING may seem a long way off, but if you prune your wisteria
now, you should have masses of beautiful hanging flower racemes (clusters) in a few months' time.
Two of the most popular varieties in Britain are Wisteria
floribunda (Japanese wisteria
) and Wisteria
sinensis (Chinese wisteria
I HAVE heard it said that if you have an enemy give them a wisteria
as a present.
One of the climbing plants we have been pruning and training now is the wisteria
. These are grown against some of our carriage house walls and a framework of branches has been tied to supporting wires.
can clothe an eyesore, transform a pergola or scramble up a tree ( though all of those achievements take a few years and significant flowering may take four years or more.
Places like Little Court at Malvern have even used wisterias
to line the footbridge over the pond.
W sinensis, which can reach 15 metres in height
Chinese and Japanese wisterias
are the most widely sold types.
This is also a good time to cut back shrubs such as wisterias
Sally Smith, head of information at Garden Organic, says: "Thankfully, the bugs don't fly so can't spread too quickly on their own, but birds can act as carriers - a worrying thought for many English Heritage and National Trust properties famed for their beautiful mature wisterias
. If the pest does well in our climate and becomes established, our sycamore and fruit trees could be in danger, too."
are vigorous because in the wild they need to scramble up and over other plants to compete for air and sunshine, so all their energies are concentrated on producing long, fast-growing shoots rather than robust, self-supporting stems.
A There are two stages to successful pruning of wisterias
which have been planted for three years or more.
Over the years you have probably seen some outstanding specimen wisterias
throughout the Mercury area.
A BUD drop is common in many plants and in the case of wisterias
it is usually due to two main causes: cold snaps of weather and/or dryness at the roots.