Home Gardening Honeysuckle Care Tips

A couple of days ago I received the following email from one of my Home Gardening Tips blog reader. As you can see by what she writes she is having problems with her Honeysuckle. Here’s what Sheena writes:

The last few years it grows really well and them black spots appear on the leaves just before it should flower and it dies away. I thought my next door neighbor must have been weed killing his garden path at that point but he said no when I asked him.

Previous years I have given it chicken fertilizer but not sure if that could be doing the damage. I so miss the beautiful sent when it blooms. Help please. Sheena”

What is/are Honeysuckles?

Well I have to say I have absolutely no experience with honeysuckle, at all, so let’s see what others have to say about Honeysuckles. Let’s start with Wikipedia, as they usually have helpful information.

First let me say I had no idea there were so many varieties of Honeysuckle, at about 180 species worldwide, however we only have about 20 species here in North America. Check out what Wikipedia has to say about Honeysuckles.

I used Google to find the info I have listed. I found some helpful information at Yardener.com. Click the link in this paragraph to read more about the problems listed below. Problems with Honeysuckles.

  1. Leaves Yellowed and Curled – Aphids.
  2. Leaves Stippled, Webbed Over – Spider Mites.
  3. Young Leaves Discolour and Fall – Honeysuckle Leaf Blight.
  4. Swollen Bumps on Stems – Canker.
  5. Leaves Covered with White Powder – Powdery Mildew.

Honeysuckle Growing Tips

  1. Honeysuckles are unfussy plants, thriving in almost any soil. The ideal way to grow them is with their roots kept cool – as you’d get beneath a tree – while their tops scramble up to the sun. The roots like moisture and organic material. Give them a deep compost mulch in spring and autumn.
  2. Most honeysuckles are best left to clamber, but early flowering varieties, such as L. Capri folium, benefit from a prune after flowering. I do mine in mid-summer. They can get black spot, so when you prune, shorten the stems by a third. They will then produce new healthy foliage.
  3. Aphids can be a problem. In May and early June, greenfly can plaster the new shoots and flowering stems, but try not to spray because the aphids move off by the end of June. They are attracted to the sweet, juicy tips, but not when the rapid late-spring growth slows. If you want to spray, use soap and water or the same fungicide and insecticide mix as on your roses.

Unhappy Honeysuckle by Helen Yemm

Ann Bennett would love to grow a healthy honeysuckle but is failing miserably. Each time the foliage appears in spring, “mould” (mildew) strikes. She is growing the honeysuckle where she hoped to appreciate its scent, in a tiny, sheltered, south-western part of her garden. At the moment, she is spraying the honeysuckle regularly with a three-in-one rose spray and cleaning up the affected leaves. How can she persuade the honeysuckle to do better?

Pruning And Training Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle climbers and shrubs require different treatment to get the best results. Learn the best Honeysuckle pruning and training methods here.

Bush Honeysuckles Control

The two species of honeysuckle shrubs planted (Morrow’s and Amur) that cause the most frequently observed invasive problems will be referred to collectively as bush honeysuckles. Bush honeysuckles grow to heights of 6 to 20 feet (1.8 to 6 meters). They are deciduous, with opposite, entire leaves, and often the older branches are hollow.

Differences between individual species of non-native honeysuckles are dependent on the presence of pubescence on leaves and flowers and the length of flowers and their stems. Bush honeysuckles flower during May and June. Amur and Morrow’s honeysuckle flowers are both white, fading to yellow as they age. Fruits are red and are found in pairs in the axils of the leaves.

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Warren Prinz

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