December 29, 2013
Encouraging cape honeysuckle to flower in the winter
I attribute much of my success in getting my cape honeysuckle to bloom to the fact that the plants are in areas that are not easy for me to reach. I'm a neat gardener, and I like fussing with plants, and if you are, too, it may be the reason you aren't getting many blooms.
Keeping a cape honeysuckle bush neatly trimmed discourages flowering. So I have a tendency to let it get pretty rangy and then climb up the hill at the back of The Tropical Paradise and do some trimming. Just a few times a year does it.
Cape honeysuckle can be kept to any size, from just a few feet to towering over your walls, it's up to you. I keep mine fairly short, but mostly I leave it alone, especially during the winter! Should be a pretty spectacular flower show in January!
Posted by Brad Hall