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pruning honesuckle

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 09:51

thanks - my instincts were telling me to do this, but wanted to check out other people's views first. 

pruning honesuckle

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 09:14

Advice needed. My honeysuckle is confused!  I think it's a Halliana, but the label fell off years ago, so not sure.

Due to the mild winter it flowered right through November and December - even on Christmas day.  It is now putting on loads of growth, which looks pretty healthy, but needs cutting back before it pulls the fence down.  If I cut it back hard now will I sacrifice flowers this year or will it put on enough growth to flower in June/July like it's supposed to?

Lower leaves on tomatoes going yellow

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 14:08

I always take the lower leaves off whether they go yellow or not.

Trachelospermum jasminoides

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 14:07

My jasmine has put in loads of growth this year, but no flowers.  How do I make flower?  It looks really healthy, but not a single bud.  Should I prune it to make it flower, if so when?

Gardenia Crown Jewels

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 14:05

Can anyone advise please?  I treated myself to a hardy gardenia as I adore their fragrance. It is in a small pot in ericaceous compost but it is not thriving - possibly dying.  Help!

things that shouldn't be flowering at Christmas!

Posted: 26/12/2013 at 12:19



Posted: 30/08/2013 at 18:51

I read somewhere that you should loosen the roots to stop them growing and push all their energy into ripening the fruit.  I tried cutting mine and hanging them in the garage last year and they all rotted.  There's always green tomato chutney!

Trailing plant for chimney pot.

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 18:48

I have a variegated ivy in mine.  It's hardy, evergreen and there are some really pretty colours and leaf shapes available.  Mine grows so vigorously I have to chop it back every spring.  I don't need to water mine either as it seems to manage without.  It is on gravel though and hasn't been moved for years, so I suspect its roots have gone down into the soil.  I guess you would have to water yours more regularly


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 11:39

Thanks to everyone who replied.  My honeysuckle has now recovered and is flowering. I have cleared the Alchemilla from the base, fed it and re-mulched, plus the latest downpours have helped no end.


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 11:37

Thanks for the tips.  It's good to know I'mnot alone in failures this year.  I'll try protecting them with fleece for longer next winter and then netting to keep the birds off - although my cat does a pretty good job with that.  Could be pigeons though -lots of them and they aren't afraid of the cat!

Zoomer44 - I grow Patriot and Blue Gold.

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Discussions started by sallya42

pruning honesuckle

confused honeysuckle! 
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Last Post: 26/03/2016 at 09:51

Trachelospermum jasminoides

Why no flowers 
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Last Post: 28/06/2015 at 21:54

Gardenia Crown Jewels

Help - leaves going yellow 
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Last Post: 22/06/2014 at 14:51

things that shouldn't be flowering at Christmas!

My untidy garden habits led to this geranium staying in its planter on the garage wall and it's flowering on Christmas day! 
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Last Post: 26/12/2013 at 17:56


Why haven't mine fruited this year? 
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Last Post: 11/08/2013 at 23:43


why do the leaves keep dropping off in early summer? 
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Last Post: 11/08/2013 at 11:39

Brunnera Jack Frost

should I cut it back after flowering? 
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Last Post: 05/06/2012 at 12:32
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