Rooting wisteria cuttings

Asked June 30, 2019, 9:18 AM EDT

What is the best way to root wisteria cuttings in early summer? Thank you!

Genesee County Michigan wisteria

1 Response

Thank you for contacting Ask and Expert.

I'm not sure what type of Wisteria you have but generally speaking taking cuttings during the time a plant is actively growing is the best time to do so. With all the rain we've been having and now warm temperatures, the time is right!

Chinese and Japanese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis and Wisteria floribunda) are most commonly found in stores and they can be invasive in some areas and be real plant thugs in the garden. I spent several days on the roof of a home pruning it and several more days removing suckers which were growing many feet from the original planting. That said, they are spectacular when they bloom! The native American wisteria (Wisteria frutescens) is not invasive but is still an aggressive grower so be prepared to control and support any wisteria.

To propagate your wisteria you will want to take soft wood cuttings. Take the tips of branches that are still green (not bark), say 3-6 inches long, with at least two sets of leaves. Here is a link that explains how to proceed. https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/plant-propagation-by-stem-cuttings-instructions-for-the-home-gardener

Enjoy the season!