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Jean Genie

My honeysuckles are not performing very well at all this year - in fact there's hardly any flower buds and my friend says that there appears to be a lot of water shoots at the base. I gave it a severe pruning last year as it was very congested and was wondering if maybe it was a bit too severe. I have a Dropmore scarlet which usually flowers early on in the year and a Belgica but can't remember the name of the other one . Could anyone explain what watershoots are , please ? I couldn't understand my friend's version - thanks Jean.

Welshonion

Remember 'Growth follows the Knife.'

The honeysuckle is doing its best to replace what you cut off.  Watershoots, more usually referred to on fruit trees are rapidly growing non-flaowering shoots.

You can tip them, but do not cut back so brutally and you will have lots of flowers next year.

Honeysuckle in hedges get trimmed every year, but not too radically, and they flower every year.

Jean Genie

Thanks for that - yes just had a google about them. Well I suppose I won't be getting many flowers this year but the honeysuckle was in a bad way -  it does look better for it's haircut. I'll follow your advice and just give it a trim next time .

Welshonion

Don't worry they will put on a grand show next year.  Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and have a good clear out.

I have two honeysuckle which are approximately five years old.  Neither has flowered. No idea why but the leaves cover the fence so is a good background for other plants.  Crossing my fingers that they will do better this year.  Also had a mock orange which was pretty poor but have repositioned it and it's doing very well in deed.  May need to reposition them.  Putting off doing it though as its a big job.  I suspect it needs doing. Any ideas when the best time would be for doing this.  

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I think that spring is a good time to move plants around, so that they are at the start of their active growth period and get the maximum amount of time to adjust and grow new roots etc. I am not sure I would attempt to move an established climber, though, especially as it sounds like such a good foil for other plants. I think there was something on last week's GQT about encouraging flowers.

my honeysuckle leaves are turning brown from the bottom of the plant what wrong

Cut back honeysuckle hard late winter leaf growth has been slow .Just  come back from holiday leaves turning brown on whole plant .Any thoughts ?

I have planted a honeysuckle ans a Jasmin bush last year, the both get a lot of leaf folage but never a sign of flowers, what could be wrong HELP

 

Carol

 

We planted a small honeysuckle in a long trough by our shed and it climbed nicely up a trellis and is now looking healthy on the shed roof trellis. The trouble is the lower part of the plant is looking very poorly, all the leaves had grey patches that turned the leaf yellow as they dried up, and then dropped off. We have watered steadily, when it wasn't raining, but it's now looking very top heavy, and any flowers that developed in the lower part came to nothing. Any help and advice would be really appreciated. Thanks

Bob

Dovefromabove

I'm afraid that it in the nature of the plant.  Honeysuckle is a woodland plant that scrambles up through the undergrowth to the hedge and treetops to reach the sun where it flowers.  It's not good at being thick and leafy at the base. Coupled with that, it really likes its roots to be cool and damp - this is difficult in a container.  

My best suggestion would be to plant some herbaceous perennials in front of it to hide the lower stems.

Hope that's helpful. 

Carol , your p,ants may simply be concentrating on getting est alished and building up a good root system. Frustrating but may mean that you have healthier plants with more flowers in the long term.

After several successful flowering,for the last two or three years flowers start then turn black and rot. I first thought this might be due to the weather but now I doubt it is. I cut back each year and otherwise the plant is robust with good leaves. Any ideas?

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