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I have had this in the garden for two years flowering beautifully and this year the leaves were very small and the flowers were tiny and sparse.
Can anyone tell me what I have done wrong please?
In the spring it was attacked with the frost/snow and the tips went black which I chopped off!.
Many thanks for any help as usual.
Oh - it is about 7 foot tall and the clump is about 2 feet across.

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  • Posted: Wed. 27th October 2010 13:40

Re: Himalayan Honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa)

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Ann,
I suspect when it was damaged by frost, many of the buds were killed (it flowers on the previous year's growth and the best time to prune is early autumn). But, it couldn't have been helped. Apply a thick, dry winter mulch this autumn and keep the plant sheltered from cold, drying winds. If spring frost/snow is expected, protect with hessian or horticultural fleece. Hopefully this will give it the rest/protection it needs to put on a great show next year.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Wed. 27th October 2010 18:33

Re: Re: Himalayan Honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa)

Reply from Ann

Hi Cathy,
Thank you so much for you quick response. I am delighted all is not lost and I will put that advice to good use. Thank you again for your time!!
Ann

  • Posted: Thu. 28th October 2010 06:22