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I bought this Japanese Wisteria in the Spring of 2001; originally it was the stock trunk for a much taller, grafted Wisteria standard that had failed and died back.
Here is the tree after getting it home.
Quite soon after purchase, I realised the reason for the tree's ill-health was due to the soil it was growing in. A careful midsummer repotting was carried out revealing a poor root system trying to survive in airless clay and ground soil.
Having repotted the tree into fresh, fast draining soil the Wisteria responded very strongly. Carrying out a risky midsummer repotting had proved successful with this tree.
Having re-established the trees vigour, after leaf fall the trunk was chopped to start the process of trunk-building.