Pruning Wisteria

Pruning Wisteria Appropriately

Pruning wisteria can be very easy as long as you know what you are doing.  If you have ever grown this plant you know that it can get very large and very heavy.  Because of the size of the wisteria you will need to keep it cut back so that is can continue to grow and spread its beauty.  This article will explore some of the things that you need to keep in mind when you are pruning wisteria.

If you will be growing wisteria you need to keep in mind that you will need to carry out the pruning of this tree two times each year.  The first time that you will want to begin pruning wisteria is in the early spring time.  This is the best time to carry out the first round of pruning because the flowers have not fully bloomed yet.  They will not suffer any damage from the cutting because they are new for the season and the shock of the pruning will want damage them.  It is important to look the wisteria over and cut off any of the new, young shoots that started to form the previous summer.  Cut these back but leave about one inch.

Between July and August you will want to carry out the second attempt at pruning wisteria.  You will spend time looking for the new shoots that have started to grow.  These generally grow very fast and they can get out of hand very quickly.  Because of this, you need to identify them early and cut them back.  This helps ensure that the wisteria does not get tangled and grow into a large vine ball that can not be managed and makes the rest of your plant look bad.  You want to cut away any of the vines that are growing in wild direction and not following the flow that you are looking for.

You need to use safety when you are pruning wisteria.  This plant gets very large and high.  When you begin cutting this plant you will need to get up very high in order to cut the plant and shape it the way that you want to shape it.  You will most likely need to use a ladder.  Because of this you will want to have someone help support the ladder while you are cutting.  This process will go much faster if you have sharp shears as well.  It makes the task less strenuous and can help you get done a lot fast.  You also need to get down and move the ladder from time to time in order to reach all of the shoots that you need to cut.  You do not want to stretch out to far in order to reach the shoots when you are on a ladder.  This may result in you falling or causing the ladder to tip.  This is not safe. It is much safer to get down and move the ladder from time to time.

Pruning wisteria is not difficult if you carry out this job at the appropriate times of the year. You will also be decreasing any damage to the plant if you are doing this in the spring.  If you are still not sure how to complete this job, you may want to talk to someone at the nearest nursery.  The employees there should be able to walk you through the process so that you can make the wisteria look its best without harming the plant or yourself.  These individuals may also be able to help you learn to train your plant so that you do not have to prune it as often.