Wisteria Floribunda (Wisteria)
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- The Wisteria is a strong, fast-growing deciduous vine with alternating compound leaves.
- In spring it produces long drooping clusters of bluish-purple fragrant flowers.
- In gardens, it is often used to grow over pergolas or facades.
- The genus wisteria comprises less than 10 species, most of them native to China and Japan and two natives to North America.
- There are several cultivars with different flower colors, like white, pink, and dark purple.
- For bonsai, the most common species are the Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) and the Japanese Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda) which produces the longest flower clusters.
- The long velvety seed pods can literally explode and catapult their seeds out when they get ripe.
- Most wisteria bonsai are of medium or large size because the long flower clusters need some height to hang from.
- Wisterias are very well suited for bonsai but their special feature is the flowers.
- After flowering, the trunk and branches are hidden under long leaves and proliferating tendrils, and then the wisteria returns to the second row in the bonsai garden.
- A standard soil mix works well.
- The pH value should be around 5.5 to 6.
- Apply solid organic fertilizer once a month or use a liquid fertilizer every week during the growing season or even both.
- The wisteria grows strongly and likes to be fed well, but use fertilizers which are not too high in nitrogen.
- The wisteria can fix nitrogen from the atmosphere and too much nitrogen would promote leaf growth instead of flowers.
- 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 winter place for a wisteria bonsai tree.
- It 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.