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by Rebekah on March 10, 2004 12:27 AM
OK, I am new here, real excited I found this place. Here is my question... I bought my house last Feb and there was honeysuckle growing. The honeysuckle really didn't bloom much last year. I thought most of it had died. I just had the thought of prunning it. Is it too late to do so and how low should I prune it. I am sorry, I have no idea what kind of honeysuckle it is, but it is the climbing version not the shrub. TIA

by Jiffymouse on March 10, 2004 05:33 AM
[wayey] hey rebekah [wayey] welcome to the garden helper. i don't have your answer, but wanted to say hi! i am sure that someone will be along soon who will.
by Danaus29 on March 11, 2004 03:51 PM
Rebekah, that's my daughters name!!

Climing honeysuckle can be pruned anytime it is too large for the area or early spring before leafing out to control growth. The dead stuff can be pruned out anytime. It flowers on new growth but usually doesn't flower before it gets to be 4 years old.
by Rebekah on March 11, 2004 06:46 PM
Thanks for the advise. I'll see what I can do to make my honeysuckle look good.

I use to work and a place where I had to wear a name tag. I always us to get comments on my name and why "I" decided to spell it that way. Like I had a choice in the matter, my mother is the one that named me. I have found so few Rebekah's that when I do I make a point to say "oh, that's my name".

by Danaus29 on March 12, 2004 02:44 PM
My daughter gets upset because she can never find her spelling on all those things that have preprinted names, but she does like having an unusual name.
by plants 'n pots on March 12, 2004 06:24 PM
I know how your daughter feels about those pre-printed items... I could never find my name spelled "my" way either - most people don't spell it with an "e" at the end, though I am meeting more people lately...

when I was in grade school the teachers all INSISTED that my REAL name must be LINDA because "no one spells LYNNE with an E" - I had to fight them all the time about it - SHEESH! [Mad] [dunno] [nutz]

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"I'm spayed, declawed, and housebound - how's YOUR day going???"
by Rebekah on March 12, 2004 07:04 PM
Oh, My favorite is when people have trouble pronouncing my name!
by Ldymac on March 24, 2004 06:16 AM
A Honeysuckle that won't bloom is a rarity for sure. So let me ask....are there any trees shading it from the sun? Does it appear to have any insects chewing away at it? Is the soil it grows in wet/dry/compacted/etc? How are the other plants, shrubs in that area coping? Based on your answewrs....I might be able to make a guess as to what the trouble is hon.

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Remember to be kind to Mother Nature, afterall, she WAS here first!
by barbi on March 25, 2004 08:08 PM
Early varieties bloom on last year's growth, so prune these immediately after flowering. Cutting back hard will encourage rapid growth.

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"To cultivate a garden and grow flowers from the sod is to go hand and hand with nature and walk very close to God.
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by Storm on March 26, 2004 04:05 AM
Barbi....I have a climber and it is already sprouting new leaves. Should I still prune it back? The calendar on this site says to prune it to 3 feet in March. Should I prune the branches with the new leaves on it?

Funny this question is's the one I was going to post here today.

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