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Himalayan honeysuckle hard cut back now (Sep)?

Hi all, 
When I read about cutting this back it says in Spring, what would happen if i were to do it now (Sep-Nov)? Its swamping other plants I will be cutting back in Nov.
Thanks all


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,167
    Nothing much is the short answer.  :)
    You certainly won't kill it, but it will just affect flowering times etc for a while. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Brill thanks FairyGirl
  • hatty123hatty123 West YorkshirePosts: 125
    I read last year that you cut them back in autumn so I did that to mine, down to about 2ft. But it struggled to get going this year, no sign of life until mid-May, maybe because of how cold it was? It's only reach 4ft this year, half the height it was last year and very few flowers. Disappointing ☹️ so won't be cutting this year and I think in future I'll probably give it more of a "trim" to keep it under control
  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,804
    Keep cutting it back but at some stage the branches will become bigger and thicker almost like bamboo.

    I took mine out as it was not attracting bees or birds as they do in The Himalayas
    Everyone is just trying to be Happy.....So lets help Them.
  • Thanks newboy2 the bees loved the flowers on mine (inherited when bought the house) I just wasn’t cut back last year so it’s pretty big.  The branches are like bamboo!
  • ErgatesErgates Devon, east of ExeterPosts: 1,493
    I’ve got a big patch of it on the top of a slope and blocking the path at the top. Every year, I pull as much of it out by the roots as I can. Every spring it’s back in force!
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