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by mishaffer on November 08, 2004 10:29 PM
I just started working in a school learning garden and there is some honeysuckle vines through an arbor in there. The lady in charge said it didn't do very well this year, it didn't have much new growth or blooms on it. I'm wondering what to do. Will I kill it if I cut it off at the ground and see if it grows back in the spring? Help!
by gardenmom32210 on November 09, 2004 04:24 PM
Here's some info I found in one of my books...

Prune out oldest branches every year after flowering. Prune side branches back hard to main trunk and branches every winter. Prune back long side shoots in early spring to control growth and increase bloom. Prune lightly in summer if it becomes unruly.

Hope this helps!

G-Mom [grin]
by Sharky on November 13, 2004 07:46 AM
Pruning seems to work well on my star jasmine vines - they have filled in beautifully and are covered up with fragrant blooms each spring. In between prunings I trim off the stragglers every couple of weeks.
by njoynit on November 14, 2004 08:40 AM
no you won't kill it.I have proff.My hubby mowed mine with mower.It NOW grows up a bamboo stick supported with a 2 ft piece of pipe.I bet the plant wins next time he tries that.

I think different cultivers would grow different& bloom different.I have just ole common has the white/orange blooms& has a few blooms now& it sets seeds& has some new growth,some is 2 ft some less.I also grow coral or the red and it grows slower.I think when you'd cut it back would put some bang in root growth for better plant.maybe try adding some compost to enrich the soil.

so what other goodies ya got?what age are the kids?thats kewl they have that in school.good luck.

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