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FoxosimoFoxosimo Posts: 48
I've had some building work done and can now better access a honeysuckle that hasn't had much care over the years. I've built a trellis support to help support it. However quite a few established vines on the trellis are twisted around one another. Is it worth untangling these? The honeysuckle is just beginning to produce new flowers.


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,688
    I think it’s best you post a photograph of them. Personally I would leave them if they are all young growth but if they are very old and woody, might be best to re-train again. Trying to untangle them all is not necessarily helpful either. 
  • FoxosimoFoxosimo Posts: 48
    Thanks. Hope this picture helps to show what I mean?
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,688
    The photo is a little close so I can't see what support you have. I think I can only see a Clematis Montana growing there. Maybe a photo further out to see whether you have a Honeysuckle growing near it.

    I would leave it as it is, since it's about to bloom, you can always cut down or thin out after flowering.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,006
    I let mine get on with it. Then if it gets too woody it gets a good chop and it grows back.
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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,537
    That looks like a Clematis montana with flower buds to me.
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,468
    edited March 2019
    I also think it is a Clematis montana.That would be budding up about now.Wouldn't a honeysuckle be more likely to come out later in the year?
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  • FoxosimoFoxosimo Posts: 48
    Whoops yes - it is a clematis. I've just planted a honeysuckle so must have had that on the brain. Trellis with wire supports to help it climb and cut back after flowering- does that sound about right? Mulch and bone meal as feed?
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,688
    Yes, that's what I would recommend. Only prune away what you don't want. They can build up a mass of twisty branches, so you can just thin them out every year. Mulch over the base is more than enough, in my opinion, but you can dig in some bone meal as a feed.
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