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Name: Geo
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geopri
May 8, 2017 9:16 AM CST
Hello,

I am an absolute beginner gardener but I am slowly learning using the vast amount of online information. However, I wasn't able to find an answer to my latest concern.

I have planted a lonicera last autumn outside our house on a north facing wall. It's been growing new branches nicely this spring but all new leaves are mostly yellow. I'm not sure if it's a problem? I have seen there's a variegated type but it doesn't look like mine.


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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 8, 2017 9:51 AM CST
Welcome!

I think you have an insect problem, maybe spider mites. Do you see little webs on the plant? Give it a bath in warm soapy water. Have you fertilized this spring? It looks like it could use some of that too.
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Name: Geo
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geopri
May 8, 2017 10:02 AM CST
Thank you! I did check for insects and I couldn't see anything but I could give it a wash anyway I think. How do I go about that, do I just use a spray bottle? I didn't fertilise until yesterday, I used Miracle Gro all purpose liquid feed.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 8, 2017 10:10 AM CST
Put about a teaspoon of liquid dish soap in a spray botton and fill with warm water (I am assuming your spray bottle is just a couple cups size). Drench the tops and bottoms of all the leaves and stems until the plant is dripping. Than use your hose to rinse thoroughly.

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Name: Geo
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geopri
May 8, 2017 10:16 AM CST
Thank you very much!
Name: Danita
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Danita
May 8, 2017 11:02 AM CST
Did your plant come with a particular cultivar name?

According to a website in the Netherlands, there is a cultivar called 'Sandra' that has variegated new growth in spring that later turns solid green.

There is also Lonicera 'Lemon Zest' which has very erratic variegation.
http://plantlust.com/plants/10...

There are also other cultivars of Lonicera with various types of variegation but I'm afraid that I don't know much about any of them.

It could be a natural trait of the particular cultivar that you bought so it would be helpful to know the name.

I'm all too familiar with spider mite damage and, to me, that doesn't look like what you have on your plant.
Name: greene
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greene
May 8, 2017 11:10 AM CST
I have an idea. Maybe you could put something under the pot to elevate it slightly off the pavement to allow for better drainage.

What type of planting medium is in the pot?
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Name: Geo
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geopri
May 8, 2017 11:23 AM CST
I just gave it a good wash and rinse.

Danita - your post made me look for the tag the plant came with. I forgot I kept it until you asked. The name is Lonicera Japonica Horwood Gem and after a quick search I found that its leaves should be yellow and green. What an idiot I have been! Hilarious!

Greene - I have used an all purpose compost.
Name: Sue
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sooby
May 8, 2017 11:24 AM CST
Without seeing the leaves in close-up, it looks somewhat like this honeysuckle, 'Mint Crisp'. As Danita said, it would help to know which Lonicera it is. Also where are you located, are you in the UK by chance? If so I think it would be unlikely you'd have spider mites at this time of year on a north wall. It probably isn't related to the problem but perhaps a north wall isn't the best place for it if you want flowers?

'Mint Crisp'
https://www.google.ca/search?q...:

Cross-posted -- good, problem solved!
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Name: Danita
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Danita
May 8, 2017 12:08 PM CST
I'm glad that all is well! Green Grin!

For anyone that is interested, here is the cultivar that Geopri has.
https://www.dobbies.com/produc...
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
May 8, 2017 12:24 PM CST
But may I add that in future, you should fertilize your honeysuckle as soon as the stems start showing new growth in the spring. Don't wait until it's leafing out fully, and starts starving for nutrients. In a pot, fast growing lusty plants like honeysuckle run out of nutrients very quickly.

Going forward through the summer, something longer lasting than your MiracleGro liquid would be better for the plant, and also more practical for you since you'd have to use the MG every two weeks or so. You can get excellent pelleted time-release fertilizer that will give your plant a constant supply of nutrients all summer so you don't have to remember.

Use it next spring for the first feeding, and then again maybe in July, as most of them last about 3 months. (the package may say "up to 4 months" but the fert releases at different rates depending upon the heat, humidity and amount of water you're supplying.
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Name: Geo
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geopri
May 8, 2017 2:16 PM CST
sooby said:Without seeing the leaves in close-up, it looks somewhat like this honeysuckle, 'Mint Crisp'. As Danita said, it would help to know which Lonicera it is. Also where are you located, are you in the UK by chance? If so I think it would be unlikely you'd have spider mites at this time of year on a north wall. It probably isn't related to the problem but perhaps a north wall isn't the best place for it if you want flowers?


Yes, I am in the UK. I thought Loniceras were well suited to shade?
My grandmother had one in her front garden; I completely forgot about it until I rediscovered the amazing scent in a hedge not far away from where we live now. I really want it to flower!
Name: Geo
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geopri
May 8, 2017 2:19 PM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:
Going forward through the summer, something longer lasting than your MiracleGro liquid would be better for the plant, and also more practical for you since you'd have to use the MG every two weeks or so. You can get excellent pelleted time-release fertilizer that will give your plant a constant supply of nutrients all summer so you don't have to remember.


Thank you, Elaine, I will look into this and see what I can find. I love the quote in your signature, it suits me well Smiling

Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 8, 2017 2:20 PM CST
I stand corrected but will never own a variegated honeysuckle - it looks like it has spider mites. Sticking tongue out A good bath once in awhile will keep your potted plants healthier though.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
May 8, 2017 2:27 PM CST
Full sun to partial shade is the usual recommendation, I'm not sure how much sun yours would get on a north wall so if it doesn't flower well you might want to think about moving it if possible. Here's some info from the RHS:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/...

I've grown both Japanese and L. pericyclemenum in the UK and as far as I remember the scent is different. I think I preferred the latter. Can't grow either where I am now, too cold Sighing!
Name: Geo
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geopri
May 8, 2017 2:32 PM CST
DaisyI said:I stand corrected but will never own a variegated honeysuckle - it looks like it has spider mites. Sticking tongue out

There's a variegated Euonymus on the other side of the door Rolling on the floor laughing

Name: Geo
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geopri
May 8, 2017 2:49 PM CST
sooby said:Full sun to partial shade is the usual recommendation, I'm not sure how much sun yours would get on a north wall so if it doesn't flower well you might want to think about moving it if possible. Here's some info from the RHS:


I've grown both Japanese and L. pericyclemenum in the UK and as far as I remember the scent is different. I think I preferred the latter. Can't grow either where I am now, too cold Sighing!


Thanks, I'll see how it goes this summer and maybe move it in the back garden next year. I could plant it directly in the ground next to a west facing fence.
I'm not sure which cultivar (new word in my vocabulary Thank You! ) my grandmother had, she was in Romania and the flowers were yellow so it's possible it was the periclymenum. I just read about it and it seems it's the most common throughout Europe.
Name: greene
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greene
May 8, 2017 3:22 PM CST
After you plant it in-ground, it should take off like a shot and be very happy. Thumbs up

My mom had a yellow honeysuckle when she lived in Florida. I had a heck of a time finding it for her as even the best nurseries kept telling me there was no yellow. D'Oh!
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