View Full Version : A Wisteria

09-01-2007, 03:19 PM
It's fast approaching one of my favorite times of year. Nursery discount season:yahoo: :D:

Here's a Wisteria (sinen. black dragon), the trunk caught my eye and always wanted to bonsai a Wisteria. The 60% off helped a lot too;) .


09-01-2007, 08:43 PM
Robert how will you keep it from making runners

Eventually it'll be in a bonsai pot. Haven't decided what I want to do with it yet. Maybe put it in the ground for a couple more years.

I've heard they don't bloom until around 10 years or so, with heavy pruning. Have no idea how old this plant is, but sure it's got some years yet before bloom time :(.

Here's a pic. of a very old one. How bout that pot?:bow:


09-01-2007, 09:37 PM
I'm hoping mine could be a cutting from an older plant. Heard they can flower after a couple years.


dick benbow
09-01-2007, 11:18 PM
your wisteria is old enough Robert. They like being pot bound so plant it in a minimalist pot as opposed to something too big otherwise they put all their effort into roots. I'd give it a little p,k and no N so that it'll be encouraged to bloom next spring. Good find. I looked at the nursery I got the good deals on the lebanese cedars 2 years ago on my trip today but everything was too expensive. No deals. The area used to be in the boonies but now housing is going nuts.....

09-18-2007, 10:17 PM
You were right Dick,

Guess it is old enough. Was watering it today and rotated it to give even sun and surprise there was a bloom starting to open. Have no idea why it pop-ed that bloom this time of year. Did give it some 4-25-35 about ten days ago.

We did have a cold snap here where it got down into the 30's-40's at night 60's during the days. Today we broke a record, had a high of 92*F. Strange weather this year:confused:


Hey Dick,
Is this a bloom bud set for next year (red circle) if so there's dozens of them.

dick benbow
09-19-2007, 09:33 AM
Definetely a bud, but not sure if it will be flower or leaves. I usually can't tell
tell. till they start to swell, blooms are always bigger and soon show some color.
Mine has grown over the top of my 40 foot english laurel hedge and when you walk out into the garden to see the bonsai and pond you are overwhelmed ( literally) by the perfume. It also has a few blooms again in the late summer early fall.
it's good to know it will bloom as it's old enough.....don't be afraid to add some
0-10-10 fertilizer. This will help when it comes time to bloom. Not much as long as there is no nitrogen in the mix and kind of rake it in to the top of the soil.

05-10-2008, 04:43 PM
Well, I did get a couple of blooms this year guess I should be happy, but was hoping for more:rolleyes: . Will work on the pruning this season and see if she'll throw out more next year.


dick benbow
05-10-2008, 08:05 PM
be sure and keep it rootbound and do not repot. also this fall you'll want to hit it with a little bloom fertilizer (septemebrish)

My wisteria has not quite yet opened it's leaves let alone showed any bloom color

05-16-2008, 11:33 AM
Has anyone tried to get one of the American wisteria (W. frutescens) varieties like "Amethyst Falls" to form a trunk? I think it would make a great subject for a large pot if it will get woody enough at the base like Chinese and Japanese wisterias do. This one will actually rebloom sporadically throughout the summer and blooms young, unlike the orientals, and is MUCH less rampant.


05-16-2008, 12:40 PM
I wonder if it could be grafted?

dick benbow
05-16-2008, 01:01 PM
usually with grafted subjects it is most difficult to mask the graft as they don't heal uniformly. It would kinda be like a favorite koi with a leading ray of the dorsal that healed on it's own but has a fatter mended area and you eye goes right to it every time.....