Wisteria prefers a sunny position, but can be grown in slight shade. Plant in a well-drained, fertile soil.
If buying a new wisteria, always choose one that has been grown from cuttings or by grafting. Seed raised wisterias flower less reliably, and also take longer to flower. Grafted plants can be detected by the visible bulge of the graft union near the base of the stem. Named cultivars are almost always grafted, whereas species plants may not be.
Plants will dry out quickly, especially in a light or sandy soil, so keep plants well watered, particularly during dry periods.
Feed in the spring, with Growmore or Fish, Blood and Bone at the rate recommended on the packet. In sandy soils (which may have low potassium levels), also apply sulphate of potash at 35g per sg m (1oz per sq yd). You could also use rose or flowering shrub fertilisers.
Wisterias are usually thought of as climbers, but you can grow wisterias in containers, and train as a standard. This is particularly suitable for a small garden. See the advice profile on pruning and training wisteria for more information on container cultivation.
Containerised wisterias can be fed with liquid tomato fertiliser, phostrogen, miracle grow or similar flowering plant foods. Mixing controlled release fertiliser granules into the compost is another alternative.