Q. Lil Asks How to prune a honeysuckle vine that is 15 years old?
How to prune a honeysuckle vine that is 15 years old? Thanks.
A.The timing of annual pruning of Honeysuckle (Lonicera spp) depends on when they flower. If it flowers early in the Spring, later in the year or both. If it flowers only in the early Spring, it should be pruned just after it finishes blooming, cutting back some flowering wood and thinning out weak growth. If it blooms late in the year, it should be pruned in the dormant season, just before it starts to grow. This is usually February or early March, shortening old stems and removing those that are over-crowded. If it blooms at both times, prune a bit at both times.
Major renovation pruning, if required, should always be done in the dormant season, February or Early March. Renovation pruning should only be done on healthy plants. This type of heavy pruning will reduce flowering for the first year. Healthy plants will bounce back quickly.
Posted: 9/22/2017 12:00:00 AM
Location: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
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