Pruning wisteria tree
I think it was on this forum that someone was interested in how the wisteria tree was supported when it was small. In this picture of DH pruning the the Chinese wisteria tree this afternoon, you can see the two metal poles we used to support it when it was young. An article last spring in the RHS Garden magazine said Victorian era wisteria trees often have a metal rod in their trunks - the tree eventually grew around/engulfed the support. Next spring we need to get ruthless and severely cut the tree back because it has got a bit too tall so pruning is getting difficult. We should have done it today but I want another year of those fabulous flowers - assuming a May frost doesn't do then in... It also looks like the Japanese wisteria tree we planted in Aug. 2007 has flowering wood on it this spring! It'll be the end of May before we know for sure :-) We'll have to exercise lots of restrant and keep that tree from getting as tall at the Chinese one has become.