richard houlihan asked 12 years ago

I have a 6 yr old Wisteria climbing over a small summer house. I want to knock down the house ,but I dont want to loose my Wisteria .There is nowhere nearby to retrail it over. I would like to therefore to convert the wisteria into a small tree .The wisteria trunk is upright to 5′ 8″ and about one and a half inches in girth. I have trimmed back all the trailers in late summer and any suckers and lower trunk branches .Can you guide me in the right process to conversion?

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
Wisteria can be trained as a standard on a stem with a mop-top or an arching top. The top is pruned back in summer each year to keep it small.

The stem of wisteria is not strong and tends to lean over. A standard wisteria would normally have a stake to support the stem.  A heavy stake can be obtrusive and a solid steel rod is more suitable.

Another possibility would be to build a tri-pod of poles and train the wisteria onto it.