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18/08/2013 at 11:04

Hi everyone , can you grow common honeysuckle in a large container. I have a courtyard garden and really love honeysuckle.

18/08/2013 at 11:28

Yes you can, but you will have to make sure the roots never dry out too much (but don't swamp them either).  They like their feet in the shade and their heads in the sun in order to flower best.  

I would use a 50/50 mix of John Innes loam based compost and a good brand of multi-purpose compost, and several handfuls of horticultural grit. 

18/08/2013 at 11:48

I would go for this one in a pot. It is not so vigorous.

18/08/2013 at 11:56

Or Lonicera x heckrottii "Gold Flame" if you want scent 

18/08/2013 at 12:17

Yes, I agree about Goldflame - gorgeous, a true honeysuckle scent and a longer flowering period that the native variety.

21/08/2013 at 04:43

Speaking of honeysuckles... can I nudge in on this conversation?  My honeysuckle suffers with mildew annually.  Many years ago I managed to combat this with rigourous spraying with fungicide, but I've sprayed 3 times this year with not much effect.  I can see 2 others of the same variety in nearby gardens and they don't appear to suffer in the same way.  It makes it look so ugly; it's on a north facing fence (so roots in shade and foliage in sun) just like one of the others I can see.  Confused!

21/08/2013 at 06:43


Please don't quote me on this but loraul suffers from mildew due to poor water and the lack of nourishment in hot weather, so I would say this is what is happening to your honeysuckle.


Water it well but not soaking and dress the top of the container/soil with manure and it should be fine. I also think wind is a factor. Maybe some of the more knowledgeable members would have a answer or dismiss my theory for you I may be completely wrong, but hay I did try my best, I am still very green around the garden.




21/08/2013 at 06:47

This is a very interesting site on honeysuckle, don't worry, it's in English!



21/08/2013 at 06:48

Yes, honeysuckle likes it's roots moist  and it's face in the sun.  The place I've seen wild honeysuckle perform best is on the edges of a waterlogged woodland where the ground is boggy even in the summer.

I've just been giving my honeysuckles a half hour soak with the sprinkler in order to fight off the dreaded powdery mildew.  


21/08/2013 at 09:59

So Dave am I learning did I get it right I havent been to the link yet as one of my dogs has to goto the vets I think he is on his last legs been fitting all morning



21/08/2013 at 10:15

Oh dear, so sorry to hear about your dog, it's dreadful when you lose a pet!

21/08/2013 at 10:16

To late for the vet now he has past way bless him 

24/08/2013 at 01:14

Thank you so much for all the advice, so glad I can have honeysuckle in my yard, and so sorry to hear about your pet  you must be so sad.

24/08/2013 at 12:37

Thank you for the advice about watering and manuring.  That would make sense as the plant is in a raised bed, with not too much room for the roots to find moisture I imagine.  I will raid my compost bin and surround it with some good rotten muck.  

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