Wisteria

This wonderful deciduous creeper would rate as one of the best garden plants in Australia when grown well. Wisteria are happy to grow in most conditions but prefer full sun in moist well drained soil. We graft all of our wisterias to ensure our customers receive plants with early vigor and flowering. Any sucker growth emerging from below soil level (ie below the graft point) should be removed.

This is a fast growing climber that will flower more prolifically if the new season’s growth is pruned by three quarters in summer (when the leaves are still on) NOT in winter. Note that pruning when the climber has shed its leaves will almost ensure little to no flowers the following spring, as the growth which produces new flowers will have been removed.

Colours range from white, pink, blue, mauve, violet and purple on several different varieties. The spring flowers of most are highly scented and several have good autumn foliage. Wisteria make spectacular specimens; are magnificent over a pergola, they perform well in containers and can also easily be grown as free-standing shrubs or standards. Unless you are a vigilant gardener and will prune regularly, we recommend to not have them connected to the house; use a free-standing structure or walkway.

The main varieties are Floribunda (Japanese), Brachybotrys (Japanese) and Sinensis (Chinese). There are also Wisteria Frutescens and Wisteria Macrostachya, both native to North America, but their cultivars are poor cousins and we do not produce them anymore. There are also quite a few hybrids, a few of which we grow today. Raraflora has grown over 70 different wisteria varieties over the past 20 years and we have reduced our list to focus only on the premium varieties.

An unfortunate downside to this plant is that wisterias are quite easy to propogate from seeds and so are quite often sold at local markets as well as retail nurseries. Unfortunately what many sellers won’t tell you, is that when grown from seed, wisterias are unlikely to be identical to the parents, and may take many, many years to flower, or may never flower at all. These cheaper alternatives won’t provide a saving at all, when you wait year after year for the beautiful blooms to arrive. We recommend that if you can’t find what you are looking for in our online shop, buy wisterias through a reputable retail nursery and look out for those that are marked as “grafted”. Better yet, go shopping in spring and buy those with blooms on them in the pot.