How to Transplant a Wisteria Vine


Wisteria vines can be used as garden arbors, covering up fencing or aesthetically displeasing structures in your yard. They are able to transform an average gazebo into a romantic sanctuary with blooming white or purple flowers. Many gardeners find that they must transplant their wisteria vines because they have grown into other plant areas or spaces with inadequate water and sunlight.

Things You'll Need

  • Trellis
  • Pruners
  • Peat moss
  • Compost
  • Shovel
  • String
  • Choose a time in the spring to transplant your vine. Find a location that has at least six hours of sunlight and well-drained soil for your new planting area. Wisteria vines like a soil pH balance of 6.0 to 7.0. Use a soil pH testing kit to ensure the new area falls within this range.

  • Dig a hole in the planting area that is two to three feet in diameter and at least 24 inches deep. Mix the planting soil with compost or peat moss. Make sure there is one third compost in two thirds of soil in the hole.

  • Cut off your wisteria vine's shoots to make the transplanting process easier. Do not pull on the vine that is attached to the root ball. Make sure you have enough of the plant leader for training on a trellis.

  • Locate the root ball of your wisteria vine. Follow your vines down to the ground. Water the area thoroughly to ensure the roots don't dry out during the transplanting process and break up the soil.

  • Make a hole a few inches away from the root ball so you don't disturb any of the plant's roots. Carefully lift underneath to expose the entire root ball.

  • Plant the vine in the new location immediately. Place the vine in the hole and pack the soil around the shoots. Water the area.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hold the vine on the trellis with string. The plant will eventually wrap itself around the trellis.
  • Do not transplant your wisteria vine in the hottest part of the day, when water evaporates quickly.

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