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Question: I purchased the two honeysuckle s spring of 2005. They grew and bloomed healthy. This year they bloomed early spring but stopped producing any blooms since early july. In place of the bloom there is a black dried up bloom. Can you tell me what this might be? The rest of the plant seems to look healthy and is growing.

Thank You

Answer: Unfortunately, based on your description I am not certain what is happening to the buds. It is possible that aphids have attacked the growth tip of the plant and the black you see is actually sooty mold that often accompanies aphid activity along with distorted foliage or buds. Or, it might be a fungal or bacterial infection related in part to the weather conditions this summer. I would suggest you consult with your local professionally trained and certified nurseryman and/or county extension. They should be able to help you diagnose the problem. They may appreciate a freshly cut sample enclosed in a clear plastic bag and kept cool so it stays fresh as well as some photos of the overall plant and closeups of the affected blooms. Once you have a specific diagnosis you can decide how to treat it. If a chemical control is needed, your county extension will have the most up to date information on what to use and how/when to apply it for maximum results. I'm sorry I can't be more exact for you long distance.

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