Last year we didn’t get around to pruning the Wisteria in January. The flowers and the leaves arrived at the same time. This year I thought we were being rather brutal in January with our pruning regime but I was determined to get the flowers first, foliage second.
This is how the buds looked after our January pruning
And now we look at the developing buds, all flower buds and few leaves… I can’t wait for next week now…
I guess the moral in the story is you MUST prune in January.
Pruning the Wisteria. There are 3 in this garden, all very established plants that flower well and grow like monsters. One is trained up the front of the house, one trained as a hedge (much like at Sissinghurst), and one trained up a post on the pergola in the shape of a tree.
Wisteria needs pruning twice a year, in the summer and winter.
Last year, when I didn’t prune one of the Wisterias as we simply ran out of time, the flowers and the leaves came together. The reason for pruning now is that a flowering spur also contains leaf buds. By pruning the spur back to 2 buds now should promote flowering before leaf growth.