Honeysuckle not flowering

Can anyone help me please, my honeysuckle which trails along the fence at the front of my garden has developed a problem.

Last year and again this year it has amassed a load of buds which then turn black and die , It was beautiful till last year we have done nothing differently and it is a well established plant, 

Any thoughts ?

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  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    Is it dry at the roots Billie Jean? Honeysuckle is a wood land plant that likes moist roots in shade. I think I'd water it thoroughly give it a light feed and provide some shade at the roots for this year then in spring next year give it a haircut and do the same, moisture and shade. I'd check for aphids as well and spray with dilute washing up liquid.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,790

    I agree with Dave - sometimes plants by a fence can be in a 'rain shadow' and although there is rain, not enough of it falls close to the fence. 

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Hi Dave and DFA thanks for your responses , yes it is dry it doesn't have a great deal of soil either it was here when I moved here 6yrs ago. I'll follow that advice and keep my fingers crossed 

    Thanks again x

     

  • Hello again , Its my honeysuckle again your advice last time worked a treat and I have even had lovely full blooms this year just wondering now should I cut it back for winter if so how far should I take it back and whens the best time to do it x

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,790

    Hurrah!  So glad your honeysuckle is happy now image

    Some info on pruning here http://www.gardenseeker.com/pruning/pruning_honeysuckle-lonicera.htm 

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    Leave it till spring Bille-jean, it flowers on new growth so leave till then.

  • thanks how far back do I cut it ?

     

     

  • just checked out dovefromaboves link so thanks guys should be ok now but dont be surprised if I'm back next year picking your green brains xxx

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,790
    Dave Morgan wrote (see)

    Leave it till spring Bille-jean, it flowers on new growth so leave till then.

    Lonicera periclymenum varieties flower on wood produced in the previous year so should be pruned immediately after flowering

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/93077/Late-Dutch-honeysuckle/Details 

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
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