How to Grow Wisteria in a Pot? {Full Guide}

Have you seen a wisteria before? Do you know if wisterias are grown in pots?

In this article, you will learn how to develop a beautiful wisteria plant in a jar.

Wisteria is a climbing shrub that blossoms during spring. It has a delightful fragrance and sprouts flowers with colors varying from pale blue to lilac.

Wisteria is native to Asian countries like China, Japan, Korea, Eastern United States, Southern Canada, and North Iran.

However, the entire body of Wisteria is known to contain two poisonous chemicals called lectin and Wisteria.

These chemicals are very harmful to pets,  kids, and even adults. They irritate the mouth and skin and lead to stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and death. The most poisonous part of the plant is the seed.

How to Grow Wisteria in a Pot

The best time to plant a wisteria is during spring or fall. This is because the plant is dormant during this period. The plant can be grown from seed but planting a stem cutting or one already growing is preferable because plants grown from the seed take time to mature.

Tips For Growing Wisteria in a Pot

Pot Size : The first thing to do when you want to grow Wisteria in a pot is to use a pot that is 3-4 times the size of its root. The wisteria plant is very active and grows very fast. Hence, you should be ready to report from time to time as it grows.

Support System : Since Wisteria is a climbing plant, adding a support system for the plant stem is necessary. When planting, install a support system such as a stick or wire that is quite tall— probably your height at the time of planting, and train the plant stem to follow and grow up to it.

Also, it is advisable to train a plant with one trunk because it is easier to control the stem when it starts growing.

Trimming : Trimming the stem of a plant is very important. It helps you channel the shoot of the plant to where you want it to grow.

Once the plant stem grows to the length of the support, it is time to trim. Prune the plant to at least 31 cm in length. This will enable the plant to grow and balance like a tree.

Sun Light : Wisteria plants thrive better under the Sun. To enjoy and experience the full bloom of your Wisteria, place the pot in a location that exposes it to full sunlight, and check it regularly to ensure the loam base does not go dry.

Feed : Just like every other, plant your wisteria plant needs to be fed. Apply a general-purpose fertilizer with a proportion of 5-10-5. It is best to apply it during the spring season when the plant is dormant.

Do They Grow Well in a Pot?

Wisteria grows well in pots but not as well as those planted in the gardens. Sunlight is essential for the growth of Wisteria, and most times, they are grown in pots for standard purposes like shades and aesthetic purposes.

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Wisterias are known to live long and grow fast. When planting a wisteria in a pot for standard purposes, provide support systems such as wires against a wall, stacks,  arches, or trees.

The plants are active climbers and can climb a height as tall as 33ft or 10m.

Wisteria needs a big space to thrive when planted in a pot. It would be best to use a pot from 45cm and above and a loam compost to grow it.

They love space. Hence, with a big pot, they can grow well.

How Big Will a Wisteria Grow in a Pot?

The beauty, attraction, and fragrance that stems from the bloom of the wisteria flower make it best for standard purposes.

Wisteria has different species, but the most populous and vigorous ones are native to China(Wisteria Sinensis), Japan (Wisteria Floribunda), and Wisteria Stachybotrys.

Wisteria can grow very tall and wide depending on how you channel it. It grows in clusters and can turn into a bush if not adequately taken care of. The moment the Wisteria grows to the height of the support you provided, cut the shoot to prevent it from growing.

Once you cut the fruit, it begins to tremendous and grows round in the form of a tree.  Hence, the direction you trim it to and your support determine how big the wisteria plant will grow in the pot.

How Long Does it Take for Wisteria to Grow?

Planting a wisteria using the seed takes time to mature and produce flowers. A wisteria plant can take up to 20 years to produce flowers, but some take 3 to 5 years to grow and produce flowers that bloom.

It is preferable to plant already established plant cuttings because it takes lesser time to produce flowers. Wisteria plants need proper care and pruning to grow well. Do not overfeed or overwater it because it sometimes needs a harsh condition to grow.

How Big Will They Grow?

Wisteria can grow an average of 10 to 30 Ft depending on its species. They grow in clusters and can climb as tall as 100ft if not adequately managed, and that is why it is better to plant them far away from structures that they can climb into and damage.

Wisterias are beautiful but can become dangerous if not properly taken care of. It can creep into the house or annoyingly grow around your garden.

There is a general saying that wisterias do not forget trauma. Hence, it would be best if you started controlling the growth of it stems from the moment you plant it.


Wisterias can be planted in pots. However, it would be best to be careful of the plant because the toxic chemicals it contains are harmful to both pets and humans.

Wisteria grows well when exposed to sunlight and since you are using it for standard purposes like shade and aesthetics.

It needs enough sunlight, pruning, and proper care for you to get the required full bloom for your desired goal.

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