Lonicera brownii Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle

(Question)

Zone 3b Edmonton area
south facing on white plastic siding wall
soil: puchased bag soil
Last year I planted a Lonicera brownii Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle, it grew well, but did not bloom.
It has grown very well this year, but again, not a single bloom.

Can you suggest what the problem could be?

Thank you

(Answer)

It’s interesting that your Honeysuckle vine grew well, but hasn’t bloomed yet. That makes me think the growing conditions for this plant are working in terms of leaf and woody stem production at least (honeysuckles prefer moist, well-drained, slightly alkaline soil, although they are hardy and tolerant of drier conditions).

It sounds like a soil nutrient issue, that the plant may have too much nitrogen and is working hard to grow the “green” parts of the plant. Recommendations for honeysuckle vines include applying a balanced fertilizer (e.g. 10-10-10). If this doesn’t work, you could test your soil to see if there is anything else (such as pH) that could be causing the problem. Good luck!