centaura wrote:Does anyone around here have a wisteria bonsai? Any advice about their care, maintenance and pruning? I collected two large ones this spring, and they are doing well so far. Right now I've done nothing other than digging them up and potting them. One started to send out long, new tendrils and I've trimmed a couple of them back. My question is - I want to let them grow and recover this year from being collected this spring, but I've been told that they don't back-bud well, so I'm uncertain of how much (or if) to trim them this summer. Anyone's advice or recommendations would be appreciated. I will try to get some photos of them this afternoon.
centaura wrote: Everyone was laughing at me - I loaded the rootball into my car, shoved it up against the back of the driver's seat, and then stood at the tail end chopping everything off at the back door of the car, so that I could close the hatchback.
I still see it primarily as a slanting tree, to show off the blooms in the spring, but I have a lot of work ahead of me working it down.
Remember that old saying, "he who laughs last, laughs best" It's true here for sure. I'd advise you to cut that little puppy back to where you want it right now. It's the middle of the growing season, the spring push of growth is getting more mature and the vine has gainded pleanty of strength in the preceeding months to push more new growth. Don't wait too long, you want to make sure that the vine has time to push new growth, get bushy and mature for you in just the next 3 months. Give it a good feeding and then play the part of the butcher.
Wisteria in a pot will require a LOT of protection up there, I suspect.
shipsquartersfarm wrote:I have a related question. I have a wisteria potensai that I intend to style as a literati. First, I would like to take several cuttings from it, plant then next to an old silo, and (largely) forget about them for several years, allowing them a develop some girth and taper.
When is a good time to take wisteria cuttings? How thick should they be, and do they need to be from new or old wood?
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