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Success with a Stubborn Wisteria

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Nothing more satisfying as a gardener than having success with a plant that is being awkward. These two wisteria had stopped flowering and the owner was contemplating cutting them down.

The wisterias had flowered in the past so there wasn’t a defect with the plants. I gave them a hard prune so all the wisterias energy was directed into fattening up the flower buds. I also gave them a good feed with a slow fertiliser and made sure they were well watered.

Thankfully this spring we have been treated to a magnificent display. Now the challenge is to keep the flowering this spectacular next year and not put it down to this being a very good year for wisterias.





By James Todman

Topiary Specialist based in The Cotswolds, UK.

2 replies on “Success with a Stubborn Wisteria”

I definitely need to speak to you about this James, I have a client who has had the same problem with a wisteria. I did cut it back last winter but I suspect not quite hard enough to trigger flowering. So maybe I need to be a bit firmer with it!

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