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Honeysuckle won't flower


 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:30 pm    Post subject: Honeysuckle won't flower Reply with quote

I planted a honey suckle at the front door in or around 2008. It has grown profusely, looks healthy and vigourous, produces lots of buds and appears to produce berries but I never or rarely see a flower on it. Certianly never the profusion of flowers I got from my old honeysickle in my last house.

The front door faces sw, so it gets some sun all day.

It can be a bit of a windy spot as I'm down the bottom of a grove but I wouldn't have thought it would care about that?

Any ideas? I'm sick of it and ready to pull it out if it doesn't perform this year to be honest. But its such a healthy looking plant I'm reluctant to take such a drastic step.

I've tried giving it extra water. The soil was very poor when I moved in but is much improved now. I just use ordinary compost for planting, I've tried tomato food too...

Wits end guys, any suggestions or thoughts much appreciated. Confused
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stand in front of it and hiss "You're for the chop if you don't flower soon"....I swear I did that to a honeysuckle once, and the following year and for ever after it flowered wonderfully !
Not a very scientific response I know, but actually maybe it just means some plants just take their time !
I think honeysuckles also appreciate having their feet in the damp....
Maybe others may have better advice.....
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if it produced berries then it must have produced flowers. You want it to produce more flowers and less growth. Your soil or compost is too rich in Nitrogen and too low in Phosphates and Potassium. Do not prune it. Feed with a low Nitrogen feed. The threat of the chop sounds good. I love to hear those stories, either the plants have ears and are afraid or the person who says it has great powers.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It has tons of buds, I sometimes notice a flower or two, then plenty of berries Sad maybe I have a mutant plant?!

Anyway, will try the recommended cross talking and a low nitrogen feed!

Thanks for the help people.
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