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Jul 25, 2021 9:50 PM CST
Texas (Zone 9a)
Hello my fellow Texan gardeners! I lost basically everything from the freeze this year, just as many of you may have. I've started over with a few different things.

I have: a succulent planter that I have hanging and is doing phenomenally, a variegated spider plant that has so many spiderettes I'm losing my mind, a lemon balm that's deciding on world domination, two Mulstead lavenders that I've planted together to make one, asiatic lilies, 2 mini roses (a red and peach that survived the freeze), a culinary sage plant (also survived the freeze), a chocolate mint that doesn't look too happy, and a Mexican honeysuckle.

My honeysuckle doesn't seem to be blooming at all. Definitely is doing well with all the new growth it throws off every few days that I have to clip back. Am I just over trimming? I was told that it would still bloom even with the training for the spot I have it in.

I absolutely love my mint, but I'm not quite sure how to propagate it properly.

Any pointers on what I could be doing wrong with the honeysuckle, and advice on propagation for the mint would be extremely helpful!
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Jul 26, 2021 6:00 AM CST
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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Mint is normally easily propagated by cuttings placed in a moist soil mixture. Or if it is leggy, you should be able to bury a stalk, let it root and then separate from the parent plant. I have also seen people root it in water although that doesn't make strong healthy roots. If you have a container full the plant could also be separated to make additional plants.

I am at a loss on the honeysuckle, sorry.

It sounds as though you are doing amazing with apartment gardening. Do you have a good light exposure or an outdoor patio for your plants?
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Jul 26, 2021 3:56 PM CST
Texas (Zone 9a)
pod said:Mint is normally easily propagated by cuttings placed in a moist soil mixture. Or if it is leggy, you should be able to bury a stalk, let it root and then separate from the parent plant. I have also seen people root it in water although that doesn't make strong healthy roots. If you have a container full the plant could also be separated to make additional plants.

I am at a loss on the honeysuckle, sorry.

It sounds as though you are doing amazing with apartment gardening. Do you have a good light exposure or an outdoor patio for your plants?


I have a balcony that gets a 2"x8" section of full sun 6-8hrs a day. My mint plant had dried up almost to the brink of death a few months back and once it was watered it did come back. But it came back all scraggly and I haven't been able to figure out how to fix it other than to try to propagate as much as I can to save it.
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Jul 26, 2021 5:29 PM CST
Name: Zoƫ
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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Mints typically get funky and unhappy in July.
Trim off the leggy growth, keep it well watered and give it afternoon shade. It will come back.
For me, gardening is really just an excuse for playing in the dirt. Admittedly, plants are a satisfying by-product.
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Jul 29, 2021 6:09 PM CST
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 9a)
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July and August down here in the south are hard on cool weather plants, the bottoms die and the tops fall over and they tend to turn around and run the other way from the sun, down here. Honeysuckle, too. Honeysuckle is a full shade loving cool weather loving beast. Is it coral or Japanese lonicera? Can't remember if it blooms on new 'wood' like most flowers, but it is a possibility. If it is alive, you are doing something right.
My mints are leggy and draggled, and I have put off trimming to the ground and allowing them to come back up so far, but I really should.
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