Gardening

Honeysuckle: an easy and colorful climber


The honeysuckle, with its many varieties, is one of the pretty climbers in the garden.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Lonicerasp.
Family
: Caprifoliaceae
Type
: Vine

Height : 2 to 5 m
Exposure
: Sunny
Ground
: Ordinary

Foliage
: Obsolete or persistent -Flowering : Variable

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Caring for honeysuckle from spring to winter is easy, and the foliage, like the bloom, is very decorative.

Planting honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is best planted at autumn but can also be planted upin spring.

  • For spring planting, plan for more regular watering in the 1st year.
  • Honeysuckle likes to have its head in the sun and its foot in the shade to keep the soil cool.
  • A partially shaded situation is also suitable.

Before planting, make sure it has support to climb and hang on, unless you opt for a creeping variety.

Properly plant the honeysuckle:

Once the location is chosen, a good planting will promote growth and flowering.

  • Dig a good size hole.
  • Lightly scratch the roots to loosen them and place the root ball in the hole.
  • Fill the hole with a mixture of potting soil and soil from the garden.
  • Sprinkle generously then tamp.

Honeysuckle cutting

The 2 most common techniques used to propagate honeysuckle are layering and the cuttings.

Honeysuckle cutting:

Honeysuckle cuttings are carried out in summer on non-flowering stems.

  • Take the ends of the stems about 15 cm.
  • Remove the bottom leaves to keep only the 2 upper floors.
  • Plant the cutting in a special cutting soil.
  • Place the cutting in the light but without direct sunlight.
  • Keep the substrate slightly damp.

Caring for honeysuckle

Easy to grow and maintain, the honeysuckle is not exempt from actions that will make it a vigorous and well-flowered plant.

Size of honeysuckle:

No pruning is really necessary, but if you want to reshape your honeysuckle or rebalance its antlers, wait the end of flowering.

When your honeysuckle begins to recede, it is also possible to carry out a severe drawdown at the end of winter, it will start again with a vengeance.

Watering honeysuckle:

Honeysuckle needs cool soil, especially in summer. Although not a particularly water-hungry plant, honeysuckle does dread long periods of drought, especially if it is in a pot.

Regular watering is recommended in case of high heat or drought.

Mulching at the foot of the honeysuckle keeps the soil moist longer and thus limits the number of waterings.

The potted honeysuckle has more regular water needs and will need to be watered more frequently.

Honeysuckle disease

Honeysuckle is hardy when properly installed. Powdery mildew remains the main disease of honeysuckle, and so avoid wetting the leaves.

  • Powdery mildew:

The appearance of powdery mildew in honeysuckle is characterized by a thin white or gray coating on the leaves.> Treat powdery mildew

  • Aphids:

Likewise, the honeysuckle is never safe from aphid attack. > Fight against aphids.

Good to know about honeysuckle

Originating in Europe and Asia, the honeysuckle is a climbing shrub that gives Red fruits in the shape of a bay and its flowers known and appreciated for their odorous power in spring.

We find varieties of honeysuckle foliage lapsed but others are persistent. You will thus have a wide choice of colors, shapes and scents.

Honeysuckle grows both in the ground and in pots, which makes it an essential ally of gardens but also of terraces and balconies.

Smart tip

Honeysuckle is also perfectly suited to decorate your hedges.


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