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Wisteria seeds
by Annik • Thu 24 May 2012 00:16

Does anyone know what to do with wisteria seeds? I read on a gardening website that you could put them between damp sheets of kitchen paper, seal them in a freezer bag and leave them in a warm place in order for them to germinate. I have done this but all I have is some unpleasant red mould spreading over the paper and seeds that have not germinated at all!

Annik

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Re: Wisteria seeds
by virtdave • Thu 24 May 2012 02:04

Those seed pods are numerous, and look like they must be good for something, but look here.. I understand the attraction of trying to grow something from seed, perhaps especially if it's difficult--I spent years trying to grow the Himalayan blue poppy, meconopsis, from seed, and never did succeed--but the linked article suggests root layering for propagation, since plants grown from seed may take ten years to flower, and not come true from the parent plant.

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Re: Wisteria seeds
by pili-pala • Thu 24 May 2012 08:20

Hi Annik,
I have tried unsuccessfully to grow Wisteria from both cuttings and seeds. I have just received my 3rd attempt from friends who have a well established tree.
Last year I planted 6 seeds, I soaked them in warm water for a day, then planted them in compost in a warm dry place- many many weeks later 1 germinated but none of the others. It seemed to be doing well up till late autumn then my mistake I left it out instead of bringing it into a cold frame. It has done nothing this year so I'm guessing it's dead. The 2nd attempt was from cuttings- two took, one very well but as I left these two pots out over winter these are dead too! The lesson here was to not leave them outside over winter especially when you have a cold spell like in Feb.
The batch I have got now, are cuttings with roots on so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Like what Virtdave said and I had read that to grow from seeds is a very slow and long process, they won't flower for many year and that cuttings are a better option.
I shall keep fingers crossed- Wisteria does look so amazing so it's worth the hassle.

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Re: Wisteria seeds
by Creusebear • Thu 24 May 2012 08:38

I bought mine from a shop :oops:

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Re: Wisteria seeds
by dissid32 • Thu 24 May 2012 11:09

He said in a very small voice.

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Re: Wisteria seeds
by Annik • Thu 24 May 2012 12:23

We've actually got a wisteria that we bought years ago and it took a very long time to do anything. But some friends have lost theirs due to the bad weather and we thought we might be able to help by giving them a baby one that we'd germinated and grown. However from what you all say, they would probably be better off just buying another!

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Re: Wisteria seeds
by virtdave • Thu 24 May 2012 14:49

Yes, even when purchased commercially, wisterias can take a long time to flower--but once established, they have to be ferociously pruned every autumn, or they can tear down a building. They usually are pretty cold-resistant, but last year was a real challenge for them. Folks living just a few hundred yards downhill from us had all their blossoms freeze, and ours, which usually is almost finished by the end of May, is just starting to flower.

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Re: Wisteria seeds
by dissid32 • Sat 26 May 2012 13:36

I've just discovered several seedlings in the borders, which obviously seeded themselves, so maybe the answer is to treat them roughly. They are spread over quite a wide area, so I guess when the pods explode they project the seeds a fair distance. Now I have to decide whether to pull them up, or let them grow. If they are going to take ten years to flower I may as well pull them up.

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Re: Wisteria seeds
by Annik • Mon 11 Jun 2012 09:26

After three weeks I looked at those wisteria seeds I left in plastic bags on the bathroom windowsill, with a view to chucking them away, and found that four out of about 15 had germinated! I have put them in little plots and now wait to see what happens next.

Annik

PS: I am not holding my breath, in view of the correspondence above.

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Re: Wisteria seeds
by virtdave • Mon 11 Jun 2012 18:42

As I noted above, our wisteria did survive last winter...it took about five years to flower, and was originally from a plant, not a seed. So, if you do grow one from seed, be very patient.

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Re: Wisteria seeds
by Annik • Mon 11 Jun 2012 23:54

Wow - yours are beautiful! Ours have a very delicate colour, shading from purple to almost white. The flowers come out before the leaves while those next door do both at the same time.

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Re: Wisteria seeds
by edmoraz • Wed 13 Jun 2012 09:38

Ours flower and leaf at the same time too and are deep purple fading to white flowers. For anyone in UK aldi are selling quite large plants from Sunday for £9.99.

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