Botanical name: Lonicera periclymenum 'Belgica'
Other names: Early Dutch honeysuckle, Dutch woodbine
Variety or Cultivar: 'Belgica' _ 'Belgica' is a vigorous, deciduous, climber with paired dark-green, ovate leaves. In early summer it bears fragrant, red-flushed white, flowers, ageing to yellow. In autumn it produces red berries.
Lonicera periclymenum 'Belgica' is: Deciduous
Flower: Flushed red, White, Yellow in Summer
Foliage: Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer
Fragrance: Flowers have a strong perfume.
Habit: Climbing, Creeping
Specific diseases: Powdery mildew
Propagation methods: Hardwood cuttings, Layering, Semi-hardwood cuttings. REGISTER to read more...
Lonicera periclymenum 'Belgica' (Early Dutch honeysuckle) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 1.5m after 5-10 years.
Suggested uses: Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Wallside and trellises
Cultivation: Plant in full sun or partial shade in any moist but well-drained soil.
Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Aspect: North, South, East, West
Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered
Hardiness: Hardy (H4)
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I checked these before my original post and can see when to take cuttings, tie in and layer - but not specifically when to prune. Have I missed a section?
When is the best time to prune this plant? Mine is currently having a second (small) show of flowers and also has berries. It has filled its allotted space and is putting out a number of long shoots which are getting tangled up in neighbouring plants. Some of the side branches off the main stem are rather bald and woody and I would like to get the central part of the plant to bush out. Any ideas?
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