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My Lonicera 'Mint Crisp' was probably the most healthy, vigorous plant in my new garden. It is on a trellis in quite a reasonably sunny spot, with a clematis alongside. Suddenly it looks nearly dead, as if it has had no water for a long time. I checked it for pests, tried to aerate the soil a bit, and watered it, but nothing seems to do any good. The clematis is fine. Any ideas what could be wrong?

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  • Posted: Sat. 12th May 2012 16:04

Re: sudden death of Mint Crisp!

Reply from Kathy C

HI, Kathryn,
When you say new garden, do you mean it was recently planted? How long ago? What has aftercare been like?
Kathy C

  • Posted: Thu. 24th May 2012 22:09

Re: Re: sudden death of Mint Crisp!

Reply from Kathryn Hinton

Thanks for replying, Kathy. We moved in in 2010 and there was very little in the garden then - there still isn't, as restocking a garden is very expensive! The Lonicera was planted last autumn. I spoke to a gardener from our village recently and he said it was almost certainly killed by the late frost and would probably not regenerate, so we took it out. Maybe we should have put fleece round it, as that seems to have saved our other plants

  • Posted: Wed. 30th May 2012 16:46

Re: sudden death of Mint Crisp!

Reply from mandygbowen@gmail.com

I have one in a tub..the previous one was in clay and died so now I am trying a tub. I am trying to water it regularly in this hot weather but hope overwaterign isn't the problem either. It is growing but very slowly BUT groups of leaves are dying off and that includes new shoots.It gets some sun during the day but not full sun all day. Any ideas? Thanks

  • Posted: Wed. 24th July 2013 10:44

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Reply from Maisie

I also have problems with Mint Crisp. It grows beautifully, n a tub to about 3' high and then the leaves go pale and drop off. It has been in situ for 2years but never done well. I end up cutting it back each time & removing dead leaves. Any advice would be very welcome.

  • Posted: Fri. 9th August 2013 10:13

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Reply from Peter R Downes

Very sorry to hear of all the problems with Mint Crisp. I've had one in my garden for about 4 years. It is now about 8' high and at the moment, mid January, looks lovely. It sees very little sun and has plenty of competition for space and isn't on good soil with any depth. It grows against a fence. It never seems to suffer from mildew either as one or two of the other types we have do. I'm just thinking of planting another so all I'd say is try again because it comes into it's own at this time of year. At the moment, because we've not had too many frosts it has all it's leaves on. It lives in Kent. Good luck.

  • Posted: Sun. 19th January 2014 21:22