The Garden Community for Garden Lovers

Honeysuckle plants have failed to flower

United Kingdom Gb

My honeysuckle plants have failed to flower this year and the overall growth has been somewhat straggly with the leaves prone to yellowing. I believe I have followed tried and tested routines in respect of watering and feeding. Are there any suggestions as to bringing them back to life or should I buy new? Many thanks.

On plant Lonicera



Need more information; what type of Lonicera are they, climbing ones? In pots or in the ground? How long have you had the plants? Have you pruned them at all, and if so how much and when?

18 Oct, 2011


They are climbers and have always been in pots. I have had them for about 5 years and have never seen the best of them so for this year I put them in taller pots with fresh compost and pruned them right back in the spring.

18 Oct, 2011


Minimum size of containers should be 18 inches deep by the same wide. If you cut them right down in the spring, that might explain why you got no flowers at all - always best to remove any dead wood and reduce the rest by a third to two thirds if you want flowers the same year. It has to be said they do better in the ground, but what have you been feeding with since repotting? Anything? Nothing?

18 Oct, 2011


That's helpful, thanks. I fed them with Phostrogen which is a general purpose feed, once a month. Perhaps I need to feed them weekly?

18 Oct, 2011


Weekly or fortnightly during summer would help.

18 Oct, 2011


Ok thanks a lot.

18 Oct, 2011

How do I say thanks?

Answer question

Related photos

  • Lonicera Mint Crisp with Mme Alfred Carriere. (Lonicera japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Mint Crisp)
  • Lonicera purpusii 'Winter Beauty' (Lonicera purpusii (Shrubby honeysuckle))
  • Lonicera brownii - Mandarin Honeysuckle (Lonicera brownii)
  • Pretty pink and Gold Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum (Honeysuckle))

Related products


Related questions

Not found an answer?