Honeysuckle Lonicera is also known as tecomaria capensis or trumpet honeysuckle. They attract a lot of birds and bees and are particularly grown to be a magnet for them. They belong to the family of the Caprifoliaceae. The flower delivers edible sweet nectar thus the name of the plant. The plant is sold commercially for its scent
Honeysuckle is easy to grow and is a low maintenance plant. The plant can be propagated easily via stem cuttings or seeds. Sow the seed directly in the soil during the fall or in the early spring.
The fruit of the honeysuckle is slightly acidic.
Honeysuckle has average water needs. 3 to4 cups of water are enough.
They can tolerate sporadic watering.
Fertilize the plant with organic fertilizer which is rich in potassium and nitrogen. Feed them with general fertilizers like compost or fish bone, once in a week during the growing period.
Do not over fertilize the honeysuckles. It may damage the honeysuckle.
Honeysuckles can be grown under partial sunlight. You can also provide full direct sunlight during the mornings. 3 to 5 hours of sunlight is essential for the plant.
Honeysuckle requires dry desert acclimatize soil. If you are planting the honeysuckle in a nourishing soil then the plant would have plenty of water needs.
They prefer fertile humus rich soil.
The flower is lengthened and ostentatious. They are the best plants for hedging.
The flowers are usually orangish red in color and they bloom from spring to midsummer.
The average height of the honeysuckle plant is around 12 feet tall and they spread around 7 to 8 feet wide.
There are total 180 species of the genus Lonicera. Some of them are American honeysuckle, Tatarian honeysuckle, Henry's honeysuckle, dropmore scarlet and the most famous variety is the gold flame honeysuckle which grows around 20 feet with a strong aromatic flower.
The plant is prone to aphids. Beware of them. They feed on the underside of the flower and decay the sap. Sprinkle aphid repellent insecticides once in a week to get rid of them. You can rely on the organic pesticides like Neem or vinegar oil or diluted soap to get rid of them.
The plant may also get subjected to powdery mildew infection. Mulch the plant around the base with organic matter to prevent it.
They are one of the best ornamental plants to have indoors.
It is believed that honeysuckle benefits the body by reducing pain and aches. Honeysuckle oil and powder can treat back pain and headaches.
Honeysuckle can be grown with the support of your fence, grille or inside your container.
They are sold universally for their scents and medicinal purposes.