Wisteria: The Wisteria (Floribunda & Macrostachya) is a robust deciduous vine that is fast growing. Making it a desirable Bonsai that can achieve a very mature look in a relatively short period. The Wisteria is very hardy and can handle frost, but having its roots exposed in a pot and not being in the ground requires it to be winterized. The Wisteria produces stunning clusters of blue/purple fragrant flowers in late spring, giving it a distinct look. Wisteria Bonsai in bloom are a breathtaking sight. 


Wisteria requires full sun during the growing season (Spring to Fall), and the more sun, the longer and more abundant the flower clusters will be. 


  1. Wisteria requires a lot of water, so placing the Bonsai or Pre-Bonsai in a container that constantly has water in it and fills up every time the Bonsai is watered is ideal. If not possible, then the Wisteria can be watered twice a day in the morning and evenings during the warm summer months. 
  2. The Wisteria require less water during winter months, but the soil should still be moist and not allowed to dry out. 

  • Training: Wisteria is best pruned in early spring or late July after the flower clusters have dropped. Wiring is done in the fall after the leaves have fallen. Pay close attention to not pruning the flowers' shoots, which are distinguishable from the shoots or buds of new leaves. 

  • Repotting: young Wisteria needs to be repotted every other year before the buds open early spring. Mature Wisteria can be repotted every three to five years. 


YOUNG: 4"-12" tall, comes in a 6" grower's pot. 

MATURE: 8" - 16" tall, comes in an 8" handmade ceramic pot.


These are not seeds - But an Actual Living Bonsai Tree.

Please see our Choosing a Bonsai page for the age and dimensions regarding the different stages of our Bonsai (Baby, Young, & Mature).

Soil (Substrate)

Bonsai soils are usually a mixture of organic potting compost (Pine Bark or Forest Floor), Akadamapumice, lava rock in varying amounts. 

It is important for the soil have good water retention while also draining well, along with very good aeration. The quality of the soil directly affects the health, size and growth of your tree. One of the worst things you can do to your tree is plant it in regular garden soil. Garden soil hardens when it drys and can often lead to a disadvantage when growing a Bonsai. 

Soil mixtures can be purchased here, but given their weight and cost of shipping, you can also easily make your own. 


Depending on the type of Bonsai you're growing, here are the general formulas for successful mixtures. 

Deciduous Tree (Leafy and looses leafs in the fall)

50% Akadama

20% Pumice

20% Lava Rock

10% Potting Compost


Coniferous Tree (Evergreen like Juniper, Cedar)

1/3 Akadama

1/3 Pumice

1/3 Lava Rock


If you are not able to check on your Bonsai's moisture levels daily, add more Akadama to the mix. 

Given how these soils erode over time, repotting every 2-3 years is required. 


Here are some suitable replacements if you cannot find the recommended types of soil.

  • Akadama - fine fired or baked clays, some even recommend cat litter as a substitute. 
  • Pumice - fine crushed aggregates, expanded shale and vermiculite.
  • Lava Rock - This can be replaced with fine gravel or you can also look into purchasing a larger lava rock at a hardware or gardening centre and crushing it. 



One of the best and easiest ways to fertilize your Bonsai, is to add a liquid fertilizer mix when water your Bonsai's once a month during the spring/summer. If your Bonsai looses leaves in the winter there is no need to fertilize it then. If you have a coniferous tree, fertilizing the tree once in the beginning of winter and once in the middle of winter should be sufficient.


Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
Carla Carlucci (Brampton, CA)
Dormant for Winter but....

as always packed so carefully and thoughtfully and arrived intact and healthy.

Trevor Yeaman (Heritage Pointe, CA)
Not quite what I Expected!

The wisteria is simply not what I expected as there were no pictures of what the plant would look like. I am not disappointed though as I like taking in challenges and helping this specimen grow into what I’m sure will eventually be a beautiful wisteria bonsai tree. I already have vision for the process :). The shopping experience was awesome, the communication from the company was superb, the care instructions were great, all much appreciated. I have two other very grown up bonsai trees and wanted to try something different! I am intrigued by Wisteria and the potential for a lot of beauty on the summer months. I would definitely shop here again and would love to afford something a bit more established. Thanks Bonsaistore!

Anne Bertrand (Montreal, CA)
Very Happy

Thanks for the service and thé plant

Frenchy'spawradise (Grande Pointe, CA)
Wisteria tree

Wisteria tree
Very big tree it came in and beautiful shape lots of leaves so far no issues it even has new growth now 😊

Kurt smith (Fort McMurray, CA)

Not to bad so far I’ve only had it for a couple days

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