Wisteria floribunda 'Kuchi-beni'

Japanese wisteria (Syn. Wisteria Lipstick )

25% off selected wisteria
2 litre pot
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  • Position: full sun or light, dappled shade
  • Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Pendent clusters of fragrant, pea-like, pale mauve-pink flowers, tipped with purple, in June and light grey-green leaflets, turning yellow in autumn. Often underrated, Japanese wisterias are less vigorous than other varieties and are ideal for growing against a sunny house wall or a sturdy pergola. To encourage plenty of flowers, the twining stems need careful pruning.

    All the Wisterias we sell are grafted, so will start to flower at a younger age than those grown from cuttings.

  • Garden care: To get lots of flowers, the twining stems need pruning twice a year - once in summer (about two months after the flowering has finished) and again in mid-winter. To train your Wisteria against a wall, the wall will first need a network of stout horizontal wires, attached at approximately 30cm intervals. After planting, prune the leading shoot of your Wisteria back to approximately 90cm above ground level and remove any side branches as this will encourage a strong new leader to form. In the summer of the first growing season, tie the leader in vertically and choose two new lateral shoots on either side of the leader. Tie these onto the wires at a 45 degree angle. Any smaller shoots coming from these lateral branches should be cut back to two or three buds. In the first winter, cut back the leader to a bud approximately 75cm above the highest lateral branch. Gently untie the lateral branches and prune them back by about a third, then re-tie them onto a wire so they are nearly horizontal. In subsequent summers (and until the plant has filled the allotted space), tie in the leader as it grows and choose two strong laterals to form the next tier. These should then be tied in at a 45 degree angle and as in the previous year, any smaller shoots coming from these should be cut back to two or three buds. In subsequent winters cut back the leading shoot as before and cut back and re-tie the new laterals to a near-horizontal position. The older laterals can be cut back by about a third of their total length. Once the plant has become established and reached the desired height, keep tying in the lateral stems as they spread out. In summer, cut back the wispy stems on both the laterals and sub-laterals (the side shoots from the laterals) to about five or six buds from the main branches. In winter, cut back these stems even harder to within two or three buds of the main branches. These form the short spurs that will go on to produce flowers in the following spring.

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    Comments about Wisteria floribunda 'Kuchi-beni':

    because we only got the Wisteria plants in the summer I can't say anything about the flowering - however we were very pleased with the condition of the plants and they have settled in well with all the promise of blooming - found your prices very competitive too - it will be interesting to see how they winter

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    • Q:


      Would the Wisteria 'floribunda Kuchi-beni' bought in a 2L pot be suitable to train as a standard?

      Thank you!
      Asked on 4/1/2017 by _N

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      • Plant Doctor


        Hello there
        Yes you could use this variety to grow as a standard.

        Answered on 10/1/2017 by Anonymous from crocus
    • Q:

      I'm thinking about a Wisteria, but would like to know the best time of year to plant it please?

      Many thanks,
      Asked on 27/7/2016 by AL21 from Mellis

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      • Plant Doctor



        Traditionally the best times to plant are either spring otr autumn, however container-grown plants (like this one) can be planted at any time of the year. If you do plant in summer, make sure it is kept well watered, and if planting in winter, make sure the soil is not frozen.

        Answered on 28/7/2016 by Helen from crocus
    • Q:

      Hi, I bought the wisteria floribunda about 2 weeks ago and I received the order and was very happy with it. I planted it as instructed but the plant is starting to dry abit on the top and the vines are becoming twig like. I water it as insturcted, I was wondering if this is normal? I plant it on a sunny side wall. I just would like to know if there is any way to make it look less dry. Thank you
      Asked on 30/6/2013 by mms from Milton Keynes

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      • Plant Doctor


        Hello there
        It sounds as though these are the 'twig' stems of the spent flowers which can be trimmed off. Otherwise it may be that it isn't getting enough water, -make sure that you haven't planted it too close to the wall as it may not receive much rainfall.
        Hope this helps

        Answered on 1/7/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
    • Q:

      Wisteria leaves are falling off.....

      Hello, We received our delivery last Thursday and whilst we are very happy with the service and the quality of the plants, unfortunately we are worried about the Wisteria floribunda 'Alba'. It arrived with no leaves and the only ones left were yellow and have fallen down. Is this ok? I look forward to hearing from you
      Asked on 9/10/2009 by Alex Sanz

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      • A:

        Hello there, Thanks for sending the picture. I have had a look and the plant does look pretty sorry for itself, but this is exactly how I would expect the Wisteria to look at this time of the year. The few remaining leaves will soon drop off and you will be left with a very bare twig throughout winter. I would recommend you plant it out as normal ,and as I have added some notes to your order about your concerns, get back to us in spring if it fails to put on lots of new growth. All the Wisterias we sell are expensive as we only sell grafted plants, which is a highly skilled and laborious process, but ensures that the plant will flower much earlier than those that are not. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

        Answered on 9/10/2009 by Alex Sanz
      • A:

        Hi Helen, Thanks for the putting my mind at rest and for your email - really really helpful. I will keep an eye on the plant and get back to you in Spring if the Wisteria goes from being sorry for itself to being depressed in our garden! Thanks again,

        Answered on 9/10/2009 by Crocus Customer Services
    • Q:

      Mature Wisteria

      Hi The front of my south facing cottage is covered with a large, probably 50 year old wisteria. We are having alterations to the cottage and have tried every solution to save the wisteria, but eventually it seems that it is just to difficult to alter the building with it in place. I would like to replace it (don't know the variety) with a maturie/ish plant. Is it possible to buy a plant which has already flowered and how mature a plant can be transplanted. We live in Cumbria. I welcome your advise. Kind regards Sandra
      Asked on 24/9/2009 by ian & sandra wallace

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      • A:

        Hello Sandra, We sell grafted Wisterias, most of which have already flowered, or are just about ready to. They are commonly available and some specialist nurseries will have very mature plants, which will have been grown in a pot so are happy to be transplanted. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

        Answered on 25/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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      Wisteria Black Dragon - is it grafted?

      Dear Sir/madam, I am interested in a purchasing a Wisteria Black Dragon (floribunda 'Yae-Kokuryu). I note from your website that you offer this plant; could you please advise if they are grafted or rootstock. Kind Regards Stuart
      Asked on 14/6/2009 by Stuart Wood

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      • A:

        Hello Stuart, All the Wisterias we sell are grafted, so they will flower earlier than those propagated in other ways. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

        Answered on 15/6/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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