Total begginner -need advice

Dpinchbeck

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Hi, total beginner here.
Was greeted one day after work to see this little guy shooting up (chinese wisteria) I have actively kept him watered but not overly so and he spends his time on my windowsill not in direct sunlight but where its light.

I was planning on repotting him soon but then I noticed one side of his leaves drooping and I thought I would leave him be for awhile and then this morning the other side is drooping.

I've read that it's either under watering or over watering ... I use a spray bottle and I give 3 sprays on the soil and one on the leaves and stem, i read somewhere about making sure theres no air pockets around the roots so could be me over compacting the soil?

Any advice? :/ thanks20210317_080642.jpg20210317_080642.jpg
 

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Please tell me you have a garden because this is an outside plant. Starting the seed indoors is fine though.
Maybe give it a bit more water.
Why do you want to repot it?
 

Dpinchbeck

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Please tell me you have a garden because this is an outside plant. Starting the seed indoors is fine though.
Maybe give it a bit more water.
Why do you want to repot it?
Yes I have a garden but it's very rainy where I live at the moment so want it to be a little bigger before moving outdoors... I want to repot because from experience these pots dont last long and the bottom is starting to weaken so I was going to transfer it to a bigger plastic or ceramic pot... is that wrong?
 

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Oh I missed the part about the spraying, yeah definitely water it properly. And if the pot is disintegrating its reasonable to repot or slip-pot (in this case planting it as is in a larger pot)
Wisteria are tough, even if you bare-root it now it would probably survive, especially if you keep the seed connected.
Once danger of frost has passed, move it outdoors
 

Dpinchbeck

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Oh I missed the part about the spraying, yeah definitely water it properly. And if the pot is disintegrating its reasonable to repot or slip-pot (in this case planting it as is in a larger pot)
Wisteria are tough, even if you bare-root it now it would probably survive, especially if you keep the seed connected.
Once danger of frost has passed, move it outdoors
Thanks all really appreciate it, water more, more sunlight and move outside inside bigger pot once its warmer ... thanks again
 

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Welcome to Crazy!

What is your location/situation?

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Thanks all really appreciate it, water more, more sunlight and move outside inside bigger pot once its warmer ... thanks again
Ok @Dpinchbeck I'm going to challenge you here. You are getting good advice but...

What do you know about wisteria? In a nice way I am asking you to do a little research (just Google) and think about what you read and then come back and ask more pointed questions. The reason - wisteria is a different plant than many here work with. It has different strengths and weaknesses. For bonsai, it is considered an advanced species to grow. Why? It is one of those species known to create heartache in most who try to work with it... but to those who master its secrets, it is sublime.

So I say this because I would never recommend this species to anyone starting in bonsai. And certainly anyone who is starting it from seed. Why did you choose this particular species?
 

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Fyi, those pots are designed to be able to plant right into a larger pot because it will supposedly biodegrade. I don't know that any bonsai expert (I am not an expert) would recommend that though.
 

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Fyi, those pots are designed to be able to plant right into a larger pot because it will supposedly biodegrade. I don't know that any bonsai expert (I am not an expert) would recommend that though.
As a general plant expert, I hate these pots. Some break down in weeks, others take four years in the ground. Most plants will die before the first year has passed.
These pots can create a dry pocket if watering isn't done right. So the best move is to tear them apart when planting.. But the roots grow into the pot wall, which you'll tear apart as well..
I prefer plastic.
 

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As a general plant expert, I hate these pots. Some break down in weeks, others take four years in the ground. Most plants will die before the first year has passed.
These pots can create a dry pocket if watering isn't done right. So the best move is to tear them apart when planting.. But the roots grow into the pot wall, which you'll tear apart as well..
I prefer plastic.
Good point. Mine have held together for 6 months now. The main problem I have is that they dry out really fast. I pretty much have to water twice per day.
 

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