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25/07/2012 at 08:34

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.

25/07/2012 at 12:53

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.

25/07/2012 at 13:20

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 .

25/07/2012 at 13:31

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.

26/04/2013 at 17:50

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.  

26/04/2013 at 19:26

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.

24/06/2013 at 19:57

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

02/07/2013 at 08:50

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

24/07/2013 at 20:42

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




25/07/2013 at 07:19

17/06/2014 at 08:08

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


17/06/2014 at 08:22

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. 

17/06/2014 at 18:20
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.
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