Wisteria is a popular plant that is well known for its bloom and its fragrance. Although the plants are relatively easy to care for and are not known to get plant diseases, the usual problem people face when taking care of wisteria is making the plant bloom. Making the plant bloom will not be as easy as making it grow, but the beautiful flowers and fragrant buds are worth the effort. Here’s how.
- Sun. make sure that your wisteria is getting enough sun. Keep in mind that the wisteria is a creeping plant, and in some cases, it tends to creep into walls and parts of the house that are not well lit by the sun. If this is the case, you should consider transplanting the wisteria into another side of the house. If there are tall trees in the surrounding area, consider pruning some of the trees to allow more light to pass through onto the wisteria plant.
- Trellis. Because the wisteria needs to climb and crawl, you will need a trellis to support it. The growth of the plant will be stunted if it does not have a trellis that it can climb on. In a lot of homes, the wisteria is used to cover the walls with plants. If this is the case, you need to help the plant climb by adding a trellis or protruding sticks near the walls, unless the walls are made from hewn rocks which naturally have crevices which the plant can use to climb up.
- Root pruning. Another technique to get the wisteria to bloom is through root pruning. Root pruning is done by marking a three feet radius from the trunk of the plant, and then raking the surrounding area beyond the radius. You will usually find roots in this radius. Cut off these roots, to urge the plant to flower and bloom quicker. Cutting the roots will put the plant in a threatened mode, which will urge it to bloom and reproduce faster.
- When to prune. Eventually, your plant may get overgrown, which is why the wisteria will also require pruning every now and then. Pruning the wisteria is best done during the latter parts of July, up to the first few days of august. During these months, stringy shoots should be trimmed only to six inches. Repeat the pruning process during the winter, and keep the shoots up to two inches in length only.
- Organic fertilizer. Wisteria will also require fertilizers in order to get enough nutrients to produce flowers. When using fertilizers, make sure that the products are all organically made, since the use of chemical fertilizers can stunt the growth of the plant in the long run, as well as making it vulnerable to diseases and plant infestations such as molds.
Finally, be sure that you water your plant thoroughly after planting it. The first watering will set the tone for the plant. The succeeding watering no longer need to be as abundant as the first. Through these easy steps, getting your wisteria to bloom should be easy.