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Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

May 17 2017 at 7:46 PM
D_Kleiser  (Login D_Kleiser)
Hummingbird lover 2011

Our Honeysuckle are in full bloom, and our resident female Rubythroated Hummingbird is using them daily

Major Wheeler, two years old
Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler photo 2017 05 17 001.sm_zpsqweaduxk.jpg


My oldest L. sempervirens, no varietal name
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Far west Chicago 'Burbs, Zone 5a
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Dan
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Hummingbird lover 2009

Re: Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

May 17 2017, 9:54 PM 

Very nice... it's a nicer-looking plant than mine.
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Donald
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Hummingbird Member 2006

Re: Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

May 18 2017, 12:02 AM 

Wow, your 'Major Wheeler' is the same age as mine but yours is off to a much better start! Last year the three I planted seemed to do well and bloomed a bit but they seem to be going backwards this year. I think there is something wrong with them and am very close to pulling them out and starting over.

Further back in the garden I planted out a row of Lonicera dioica that I grew out from locally collected seed. They seem to be doing much better than the 'Major Wheeler', but are still a few years away from attaining a large size:
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Donald
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Ron
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Hummingbirder 2008

Re: Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

May 18 2017, 12:18 AM 

My Lonicera sempervirens continues to look fantastic this week! It had suffered from aphids in the past but the problem seems to have largely cleared up, on it's own, with no help from me (not saying there aren't some now but not enough to bother me). Hummers have been hitting this plant daily...

I got this plant at a sale at Bartram's Garden, a historic site in Philadelphia, several years ago. No cultivar was mentioned so it might just be the straight species. I probably fertilized it with something last year - wish I could remember what! No fertilizer this spring though.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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Heat zone 6
Sunset zone 32
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Donald
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Re: Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

May 18 2017, 12:23 AM 

Ron, that is an awe-inspiring display! I hope the aphids are in the rear-view mirror now. Does your nameless Lonicera sempervirens rebloom well through the summer into fall like 'Major Wheeler' has a reputation for doing?

Donald
Zone 4 Red Wing MN
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Ron
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Hummingbirder 2008

Re: Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

May 18 2017, 12:41 AM 

It does re-bloom in the latter part of summer - but I help it along in late July with some "bloom booster" fertilizer usually. Not sure if it is any cultivar - none was mentioned. There was a big wall of these blooming at Bartram's Garden where I bought it - maybe offspring of one of those?
Wilmington, Delaware
USDA zone 7a
Heat zone 6
Sunset zone 32
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Kathi and Michael Rock
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Re: Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

May 18 2017, 1:14 AM 

D. and Ron, beautiful honeysuckles. Ron, yours is nothing short of spectacular! Ours is just starting to bloom now. Don, that you for posting the photo of the Lonicera dioica---very interesting flowers.
Michael and Kathi Rock
Madison, WI
Zone 5

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Ron
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Hummingbirder 2008

Re: Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

May 18 2017, 8:46 AM 

My sister, who passed away last summer, helped me build that trellis a few years ago. My honeysuckle looks so good and pest-free this year, it makes me wonder if I am getting some divine intervention from "the other side"!

My other theory is that the House Sparrows have learned to eat aphids (because they love hanging out on that vine)! Even Goldfinches are flying over there. Well, I'll take all the help I can get, with any sort of chemical-free pest management!
Wilmington, Delaware
USDA zone 7a
Heat zone 6
Sunset zone 32
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Ward
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Re: Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

May 18 2017, 9:55 AM 

My problem with the House Sparrow theory is the darned things breed so fast, born pregnant. My theory is that some winters no aphid eggs survive for unknown reasons. My own plants usually get hit but not always. For years Magnifica was the not always plant, this year it is a couple of widely separated Alabama Crimson.

 
 
Burke
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Re: Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

May 18 2017, 10:58 AM 

If I could only have one hummingbird friendly plant/flower in my yard it would be Coral Honeysuckle. They love it.
Burke Baker
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
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King Cupheaphea
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Bugs love 'em too. :(

May 19 2017, 2:58 AM 

I have one surviving Lonicera Sempervirens Magnifica that I bought several years ago. There used to be 5 locations of it in my yard. 2 of those spots I replanted several times. I finally gave up on the ones I could see the best, and for what ever reason, one of the ones originally planted against the house is the only one to have survived.

It's had aphids in the past, but thankfully I finally figured out a few years ago that it is a small beetle that looks like a miniature Emerald Ash Borer that was burrowing little D-shaped holes in the plants that died. You couldn't see the damage as it was hidden beneath the flakey strips of bark. As I was pulling them down, I happened to notice the holes in a section of vine wood that I had stripped bare.

I've been treating the last remaining plant with Bonide, Bayer, and one other insecticide, once the plant starts to leaf out in the early spring, and so far it's been growing with decent improvement in overall size each year since I began pretreating the problem. This year it has already overtaken the two positions that I used to have the same T.Honeys in with great aplomb! It wasn't this big last year until the end of the season, and here it is that big again only 2 months in at best.

For all the times I tried to propagate my T.Honeys years and years ago without any success, it was a little bit of vine that got pulled off by the lawnmower handle last year (or was it two years ago...too tired tonight, anywho) that I just scraped the bottom 1" with my knife like you would a rose clipping and stuck it in the ground and said to it "There ya go. It's up to you if you want to live.". I guess it did. It's 1' tall this year and has put on a set of flowers! Go figure.

I'd like to move it to a better location (for me, maybe not for it), but it is hidden beneath two other plants that have rapidly overgrown it.

Good Luck keeping yours healthy! ~Nate.
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Penny
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Re: Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

May 19 2017, 8:02 AM 

My species honeysuckle is just now leafing back out after I cut at least 6 ft off of it. It had grown over my 8ft trellises and down to the ground on the other side of my fence into my neighbor's yard making it a problem for them mowing their yard. Cutting it back also got rid of the aphid damaged leaves that were just emerging. My major Wheeler looked terrific but is just starting to get flower buds and my gold flame is still leaving so I have no blooming honeysuckles yet.
Penny
N.Ton.,NY
USDA hardiness zone 6a
Heat zone 4
Sunset zone 39
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