August 31, 2013
The first Cape Honeysuckle flower of the season
If you have Cape Honeysuckle, and aren't getting blooms, you may be doing two things wrong. First of all, you may be looking for blooms in the heat of the summer. You won't see any. This plant blooms in cool temperatures. And the other mistake is to use hedge trimmers. This is a flowering plant, like a rose. Do not use hedge trimmers! Yes, you can cut the plant down to any size you want, but trim by hand. Taking hedge trimmers (especially powered ones) and giving it a nasty "haircut" will make it nearly impossible for it to bloom. You wouldn't do that to a rose bush would you? If you did, your rose bush wouldn't be able to bloom, either.
Anyway, trim with care. Watch what you are doing. If you see a cluster of leaves that looks like it is about to bloom, pass it by with the clippers. Once the bloom is spent, go ahead and trim it off. I've had Cape Honeysuckle here at The Tropical Paradise for many years and it blooms like mad. All we need is some cooler temperatures!
Come on, "Chamber of Commerce weather"!
Posted by Brad Hall