January 19, 2012
I waited a few days to do my major wisteria prune this year and I am really glad I did so. We had arranged to have solar panels fitted and when I saw the scaffolding going up, I realised that this would be a really easy way of doing the pruning. There would be no need to keep repositioning the ladder (which is not an easy task) – I could reach the whole of my wisteria from the first layer of the scaffolding.
Imagine my sadness when the workmen went up a level and, having established a platform for the solar guys, removed the boards at the level I needed for my pruning. Fortunately, they had to come back the next day and so offered to bring some more boards for me .
Scaffolding makes Wisteria pruning very easy
I have never pruned the wisteria so easily. The whole job was done in two 30 min sessions. There was a slight downside though – I suffer from vertigo sometimes and getting on the ladder to come down was not an easy thing to do!
There were only two shoots that had managed to get themselves so embedded in the house that they did not come away easily. Fortunately, there was a workman on the upper level who quickly solved my problem.
Next year, I will definitely be looking into the cost of putting up scaffolding to do the job again.
January 2, 2012
For some reason it is only after Christmas that the Wisteria seems to call me for its winter prune. Before that, it just seems to be doing fine and then after the holiday, it suddenly seems in dire need of a serious prune. As many of you will know, I usually do (or at least start) the job on New Year’s Day, but this year the weather was so wet and gloomy that I only started on the job today.
If you have a wisteria to prune and are not confident as to how to do it, take a look at the video I did of the process last year. Some friends of mine watched the video last year and after pruning their wisteria, had blooms on it for the first time last spring. I can’t promise that this will happen for you as the plant has to be mature enough to flower, but if lack of pruning was the cause for few or no flowers, then the video should help. Even if the plant isn’t ready to flower yet, pruning is important in establishing a framework for the future.
If you don’t get the structure right from the beginning then you can get congestion points or “knots”. Here a side shoot has grown and forced itself behind a main stem. This has created a very congested area where it is virtually impossible to get in to remove material. In previous years, I have pruned as much as I could, but the problem just gets worse as each year even more shoots make the problem worse.
This year, I will prune all around the area to give myself as much visibility as possible. I will not worry about the three bud principle as I am not trying to get flowers here, but rather to resolve the congestion. I will then take my pruning saw to the major offenders and hopefully that will sort the issue out.
Hopefully this will be in the next week or two and I will post after the job is done to let you see the results.
January 12, 2011
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Unsure of how to give your wisteria its winter prune? Check out this video and you should be confident to get on with the job. The winter prune not only keeps the plant tidy, but also helps to produce more flowers.
Please remember that wisteria seeds are poisonous to dogs, so don’t let them fall to the ground where dogs could find them. When I am pruning high up a ladder, I cut off the seed pod and put it in my pocket and then trim off the rest of the stalk and let that fall to the ground. When the job is finished, I obviously tidy up well to make sure that I didn’t miss anything.
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