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Resurrection of our Wisteria sinensis

Postby Karesansui » May 04, 2013 1:24 pm

Winter 2011-2012 we had our first serious Frost damage due to minimum temperatures as low as -22,9 °C (-9.2F), growth of most plants, including the Pinus densiflora, Japanese Red Pine started a few weeks late.

However our Wisteria sinensis did not show any sign of live.... initially....

In June 2012, both, side trunks showed signs of life. The main trunk later proved dead from about 30cm (12 inches) above the ground.
I made a selection of new twigs from the "explosion" and led them along the old, dead wood.
Most of them have now reached the top !!
The result is that our once beautifully looking solitary "tree-like" Wisteria now looks a bit, uh, different to say the least.

Now (may 2013) I expect some flowering gratitude in return.
And actually with regard to flowering this may become a new record year. The number of flower buts that has developed may very well set a new flowering-record...

that is to say, when weather permit.
....over 1200 racemen at one time (April 25th 2011)....
It may take a week or so to see it into full bloom.

I'll keep you posted.
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Re: Resurrection of our Wisteria sinensis

Postby Tigger » May 04, 2013 9:45 pm

It's really remarkable how plants can recover from near-death experiences.

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Re: Resurrection of our Wisteria sinensis

Postby Karesansui » May 10, 2013 2:41 pm

Tigger wrote:It's really remarkable how plants can recover from near-death experiences.

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For sure. What did not die is the main trunk that, after some 15 years (age ±18y), has a diameter of about 22 cm or ±9 inch.
I expect the full bloom in about one week .... I'll keep you posted.
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Re: Resurrection of our Wisteria sinensis

Postby thy » May 11, 2013 7:03 pm

:cool: So beautiful :D

From which year are the pictures ?

Someone asked for pruning instructions last year I think. I will read them when I see if mine have survived from last year when I fogot all about it - no water and it was in a pot :blush:
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Re: Resurrection of our Wisteria sinensis

Postby Karesansui » May 29, 2013 12:40 pm

Well, it is not as good as we had hoped for but it is far better than we expected a year ago.

The top flowers, although there are plenty buds, are not yet in bloom. This will probably take one or two additional weeks. The spring season starts a couple of weeks too late after a very cold period.

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An other observation is the fact that the raceme are more open, having only halve the number of flowers each, and thus the flowers are far less dense than two years ago.
Here a 2011 photo:

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Re: Resurrection of our Wisteria sinensis

Postby thy » Jun 17, 2013 6:47 pm

Did you get the top to Bloom ?

It was stunning before it got bit by the frost :(
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Re: Resurrection of our Wisteria sinensis

Postby Karesansui » Oct 11, 2013 5:15 am

thy wrote:Did you get the top to Bloom ?

It was stunning before it got bit by the frost :(

Not this season but the growth is explosive so we need to see how this will develop in the next year ... looks promising however.
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