The Q&A Archives: Lack of Honeysuckle Flowers

Question: A Hall's Honeysuckle Climber is against a brick wall, facing west, receiving afternoon sun. It has bloomed for three or four years. I would cut back in the fall. Both last year and this summer it has not bloomed. There is lots of vine and leaves, but no bloom. I waited to trim it back early this spring (rather than last fall), but it still didn't bloom. There are other plants in front of it ( 18"phlox, etc.). I fertilize regularly. Has it worn itself out or am I doing something wrong.

Answer: Sounds as though you're overfertilizing your plant and it's growing vine and leaves, at the expense of blossoms. Your honeysuckle will bloom on stems produced on old wood, so when pruning in the fall, be sure to leave some of the old wood intact. Otherwise, you'll be pruning off potential blossoming shoots. Water regularly during the spring and summer, but withhold fertilizer until it perks up and begins blooming again.

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