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Poorly Honeysuckle

Hi everyone. I am new to the forums and very pleased to be here. As I don't have a garden, I am interested in container gardening and keen to expand my containers and plants. 

My container grown honeysuckle has many dead, brown leaves on it despite feeding him with blood, bone and fish. I water him early morning and in the evening. He is in a south facing position in full sun. Should I move him to shadier place? What should I do . Thank you. 


  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,280

    Sounds as though you could be overwatering the plant. It shouldn't need watering twice a day at this time of year.

  • Goose56Goose56 Posts: 5

    the leaves were turning brown before I started the watering twice a day. I only started doing that at the week end as weather warmed up. I thought  maybe that was the problem as soil always looks very dry, and due to plants position. 

    Maybe another feed would help as last one was about a month ago. 

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Honeysuckle is a woodland plant, head in the sun roots in the shade, just like clematis. It needs moisture at the roots, but as your'e growing in a container it may be pot bound as well. I'd check the roots and re pot if needed. If you have shade put it there especially if the sun can get to the leaves and not the pot. Only water once a week and drench it, and don't over feed it. I never feed honeysuckle it can cope on it's own, but in a pot a  liquid seaweed feed is all it should need. Don't do anything too it, they are very tough, it will recover.

  • Goose56Goose56 Posts: 5

    Thank you Dave. I have had a close look at the leaves, and I think the problem is a 'Powdery Mildew'. I would  include a photo but am finding it impossible to upload one. 

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    If it's powdery mildew, then it's stressed a common problem with honeysuckle, do as I said before and it will go, they don't need any sprays, just a good drench and shade at the roots.

  • Goose56Goose56 Posts: 5

    Ok Dave, I'll do that. Thank you for your help. image 

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