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Watering newly planted Honeysuckle

ShepsSheps West YorkshirePosts: 1,190

Hi everyone...this might seem like a silly question to some, but I seem to have trouble getting my watering right, only this week did I manage to drowned one of my Felicia.

So, how often should I water my newly planted Honeysuckle, I have read on the web that it needs plenty of watering until it becomes established, is this the case and does that mean I should soak it at the roots every day?

Here are some of the plants so you can see their size.




  • ShepsSheps West YorkshirePosts: 1,190

    Seeing as though it was posted late last night I'll give it a bump...image

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,145

    It's one of those tricky things Sheps - watering any  new plant - and it often comes down to experience.

    A thorough soaking on planting, then weekly or thereabouts in dry spells ( theoretically this time of year)  unless it's pouring with rain. As yours are in raised beds, they may dry out more quickly, so if the soil feels very dry when you stick your fingers in, you may need to soak them every few days.   A mulch will also help prevent the soil drying out. You just have to judge by how the plant looks as well.

    Honeysuckle is a woodland plant and likes shade below and reasonably damp soil so you may have to water more often. It depends what you filled the beds with too - you need a reasonable amount of soil rather than compost to help retain moisture. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • ShepsSheps West YorkshirePosts: 1,190

    Good Morning, Fairy...thanks for the advice image

    The bulk of the beds were filled with a 3 to 1 mix of top soil and compost, then the last 6 inches was finished off with just compost.

    I guess I'll just have to see how it goes, I mixed in some Blood,Fish and Bone when planting just to give them a feed ( not sure if I should have done it ) then gave them a good watering, about 5 min each with the hose.

    The soil / compost felt damp this morning ( been raining here over night ) so I just gave them 2 litres each of water / tomato feed.

    Think I'll give them a soak in the morning, depending on how the soil feels.


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,145

    Morning Sheps  image

    No need to add extra feed if you've done the B,F & B. That will keep them going for a good while, especially as there's no competition from other plants just now  image

    Decent rain will water them well too - it would be different if you had a lot of 'canopy' or other, lower planting that prevented the rainwater  penetrating. Often people think they don't need to water pots, for instance, if it's been raining, but they don't realise the dense foliage prevents it getting through. Plants like Hostas and Fatsias can suffer too as the water just rolls off the leaves.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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