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Hi all, I'm Sarah and a newby. I have a 2 year old honey suckle, it's in a large pot. Last year it was beautiful, loads of flowers. This year they are all black. Can any one help?


  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,562
    That's a very small pot for what wants to be a big plant.  I suspect it might have been short of water, nutrients and space to expand its roots.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Ohhhh, I thought the pot was big, lol. Should I cut it back and move it? Might seem a silly question but one I need to ask
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    I agree with JennyJ there. The container is far too small. Personally, I think growing Honeysuckle in a container will always be challenging. Not sure what time that photo was taken, but they also prefer a semi-shaded spot. Sun and heat will exhaust them and you may end up with pale leaves and shorter flowering times.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,025
    I agree with both the above

    Im posting on my phone atm so I hope you don’t mind me pointing you to this post I wrote earlier today to another poster with a similar problem

    I hope that helps 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,562
    I think it would be much happier in the ground, if you can find a suitable spot, but otherwise a very big pot and be prepared to water regularly.
    Climbers in pots are always difficult (with the possible exception of annuals like morning glory, where you start fresh from seed each year).
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Thank you all, the photo was taken about an hour ago. That part of the garden is shady until the afternoon. I will certainly try planting it in the ground. Thanks
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,562
    Good plan!
    Welcome to the forum, by the way (remiss of me not to say so earlier - sorry!)

    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    Hi,  I agree with what others have said but also wondered if it's had an aphid attack as that can cause the flowers to turn black. 
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