This blog is about growing tropical-looking plants in the Phoenix, Arizona area

October 3, 2013

Why your cape honeysuckle isn't blooming

It's the first week of October here in the Phoenix, Arizona area and your cape honeysuckle should be starting to bloom. Unless, of course, you did what I just did, trimmed it way back.

Cape honeysuckle is a vigorous grower, and can be kept to any size, so it's important to keep an eye on it, and keep it trimmed. I failed to do this, and this plant had gotten way out of control. So I got the clippers out and gave it a serious haircut!

Of course, this type of trimming removes the flower buds, so it will be a few weeks before it starts to bloom again. The good news is that all it needs is a little bit of time, and some cooler weather, and the blooms will return. Cape honeysuckle blooms all winter, during what I call "Chamber of Commerce weather".
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