How to summer-prune wisteria

Do it:

Jun, Jul, Aug

Takes just:

one hour

At its best:

Apr, May

Summer pruning wisteria encourages the development of short-flowering spurs that will carry the long racemes of bloom in spring. The long vigorous shoots are cut back to a couple of buds from the base of the current season's growth. During initial training of young wisteria plants, select a few strong shoots to tie into wires or trellis. Once you have created these, you can prune any sideshoots back to this framework.

You will need

  • Wisteria plant
  • Secateurs
  • String for tying-in if necessary
  • Ladder if necessary

Advertisement

Use secateurs to cut back all the long shoots that have been produced during the late spring and early summer. Make the cut just beyond the second or third bud from the base.

Advertisement

Green, leafy summer prunings from wisteria can be added to the compost heap where they'll rot down quickly.

Discover more ideas and inspiration

Related content

How to prune a rambling rose

How to prune a rambling rose

Will wisteria damage our foundations?

Related offers

SAVE 10%

Subscriber only content

Save 10% at Crocus

Subscribers can enjoy a 10% discount at Crocus. Choose from plants, bulbs, outdoor living, garden accessories and more.

Unlock now

Offer

Claim 100 free* alliums

Claim your collection of 100 allium bulbs, including six striking varieties (worth over £23), for free. *Just pay £5.65 for postage.

Order now

Offer

Claim 50 free* tulip bulbs

Claim your collection of 50 tulip bulbs, including five beautiful varieties (worth over £29), for free. *Just pay £5.65 for postage.

Use code: GX16OCT

Order now