Honeysuckle flowers dried up

(Question)

My two honeysuckles have always bloomed very well through the summer. This year they are green and very healthy, but all the blooms dried to a crisp. Why?

(Answer)

Generally honeysuckles of all varieties need little extra care to flourish, as long as they are growing in the right spot. They prefer full sun, but will tolerate some shade.

They need to be watered well until established, and after that the soil should be kept moist but not wet.

Mulch is useful for maintaining an even soil moisture.

They like a little balanced fertilizer (10-10-10) in the spring and again mid summer. It sounds like your plants are generally healthy, but there are a couple of reasons the buds may have died:

  • The soil was allowed to dry out at a critical moment in the plant’s growth.
  • A fertilizer with too much nitrogen was given, encouraging green leafy growth at the expense of flowering.
  • The plants are in an exposed area and the buds, which are set on last year’s growth, were damaged by the cold tduring the winter.
  • Aphids are often a problem in honeysuckles, and an infestation can result in stunted growth. Did you notice any aphids on the honeysuckles this spring?

Continue to give the plants the care they need, moving them if you think they are not in the best spot, and next year you should be rewarded with flowers.