Wisteria Bonsai care


The Wisteria is a strong, fast growing deciduous  vine, well-known for its beautiful flowers. For bonsai the most common species are the  Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) and the Japanese Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda)  which produces the longest flower clusters. So how do you care for your Wisteria? The wisteria should be placed in full sun during the growing season. Sunlight is essential  for flowering. Wisterias are frost hardy when they are growing in the ground, but the roots need  protection when they are planted in containers. A cold but frost-free greenhouse, garage or  shed is a good place for a wisteria in winter. The wisteria needs enormous amounts  of water during the growing season. In summer it is a good idea to place the bonsai  pot in a shallow bowl which is filled up with water each time the tree is watered. In autumn  and winter keep the roots moist but not soaking Apply solid organic fertilizer once  a month during the growing season. The wisteria grows strongly  and likes to be fed well, but use fertilizers which  are not too high in nitrogen Hard pruning is best done in  early spring or after flowering. Let the tendrils grow until  July and then cut them back. After the leaves have fallen you can prune the  branches and twigs and wire the branch structure Repot younger wisterias every two years  and older ones every three to five years in spring before the buds open. Wisterias are easily propagated from seed. Cuttings, air-layers and grafts are also possible. Seedlings will not flower before  they are 10 – 15 years old If your Wisteria is losing a lot of  leaves, this is often the result of improper watering or not enough light. Again, make sure you place your Bonsai outdoors with plenty of light. And water it generously as soon as the soil gets slightly dry. Learn how to create your own bonsai trees  by enrolling in one of our online Bonsai courses. We explain techniques like pruning,  wiring, and repotting, and you can ask questions to the teachers. For the curriculums, and free  lessons go to: www.bonsaiempire.com/courses

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