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Moving an established wisteria

August 8th, 2013 · No Comments

If you are re-developing your garden or having some building work carried out then you might not have any choose but to move an established wisteria. Its one of the hardest established plants to move mainly because it has roots that grow very deep and produces very little fibrous or feeding roots which uptake water from the soil critical in the re-establishment of the wisteria once moved.
To try to move a wisteria prune it hard back with a saw, cut the main stems back to about a metre and then dig out the plant with as much root as possible, if you are having some building work carried out and have a digger available then enlist the help of the digger.
Once you have removed the plant you need to pot it into a large tub with a John Innes soil based compost with lots of added well rotted leaf mould from a broad leafed woodland. Water well once potted and keep watering to keep the moisture in the compost. It can take up until 12 months for the new first buds to show and recover. During this time keep scratching the stem lightly and if just under the surface the stem is still green than you wisteria is still alive and in with a fighting chance.
Once it starts to re-shoot and establish in the tub it can be re-planted.
If its a plant with good flowers or a plant from a friend or relative its worth getting a new plant produced from a graft as grafting wisteria is quite an easy operation.

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