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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: RDmom on April 07, 2013, 10:53 PM

Title: Wisteria
Post by: RDmom on April 07, 2013, 10:53 PM
I have 2 healthy Wisteria 12+ years old that have never bloomed.
I am trying to figure out why they have never produced blossoms and
what I can do now or during the growing season to encourage flowering
next spring.
Title: Re: Wisteria
Post by: Owen Reich on April 07, 2013, 11:14 PM
Remove long tendrils as they suck energy from the short shoots where flower buds form.  Some say allow to become very pot bound (not hard  :)), and leave 3-5 buds when you prune shoots back.  They don't bloom off new growth, but off two year old+ stems.  These will have a slightly swollen appearance.  Just for fun, here's a link to a wisteria show I saw in Nara last year http://bonsaiunearthed.com/fujikawa-kouka-en/wisteria-bonsai/ (http://bonsaiunearthed.com/fujikawa-kouka-en/wisteria-bonsai/)

and another post about wisteria in Nara. http://bonsaiunearthed.com/fujikawa-kouka-en/wisteria-immersion-at-kasuga-taisha-shrine-and-shin-en-bot-garden/ (http://bonsaiunearthed.com/fujikawa-kouka-en/wisteria-immersion-at-kasuga-taisha-shrine-and-shin-en-bot-garden/)

They have a symbiotic relationship with Nitrogen affixing little buddies in their root system, so an abundance of nitrogen in your fertilization plan can be a problem. 
Title: Re: Wisteria
Post by: RDmom on April 08, 2013, 11:48 PM
Thank you. The pictures made me drool.
I live in the desert and have had to pot up all of my trees and still have to water daily from spring to late fall. My elms, maples, and a few others have to live on the covered patio where they get sun in the early morning or, depending on which end of the patio they are on, for a short period in the afternoon.
Do you have a suggestion for a good low nitrogen fertilizer?
Again thanks for you reply. I've missed being around bonsai people since I moved here 12 years ago.