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Honeysuckle and more: types of climbing honeysuckle


Honeysuckle Grungy is a winding lignified liana reaching a length of 3 meters. It has a fast growth rate.

Honeysuckle is ideally rooted in green cuttings, while maintaining varietal characteristics. When cutting green cuttings, it is important that they do not bend, but break apart with a characteristic crunch, only then can the cuttings begin. Cuttings should be harvested at the end of flowering and before the appearance of green fruits, in the middle lane in early May. Cuttings should be cut from the middle part of the shoot with two to three nodes. The upper cut of the cut is done horizontally, departing from the kidneys by about 1-1.5 cm, and the lower cut is oblique at an angle of 45 °. Leaf blades from the lower nodes are completely cut off, and from the upper nodes - a large half is truncated.

Honeysuckle is propagated by layering in the same way as currants and gooseberries. In early spring (before buds open), last year's shoots should be bent and pinned to the ground. With the growth of new shoots, it is necessary to carry out one or two hills with moist soil. With the onset of autumn layering should be dug up, grow, and then planted in a permanent place.

Propagating by seeds, sowing should be carried out in mid-April - early May (immediately after thawing the soil). Shoots appear after about two to three weeks. Germination is good.

Other species, their varieties and hybrids

More rare species are distributed among amateurs, leaking from botanical institutions, and from an aesthetic point of view, are an unfortunate version of honeysuckle. From honeysuckle, they are distinguished mainly by smaller flowers and the absence of a noticeable smell.

Rough honeysuckle (L. hirsuta) - very powerful and rich in foliage, named so because its young shoots are often covered with bristles, and the leaves are downy. Orange-yellow corollas reach only 2.5 cm in length. Even richer in leaves, especially in contrast with small, up to 1.5 cm long, cream or orange-pink flowers, dioecious honeysuckle, or small flowered ( L. dioica).

Flowers and fruits of the honeysuckle dioecious, or small-flowered (L. dioica).

Honeysuckle offspring (L. prolifera) has relatively dense wax "saucers" and pale cream flowers 2.5-3 cm long with a thin tube. And all these species can produce hybrid offspring with intermediate traits that also populate our gardens and confuse the market assortment.

Curly honeysuckle and its varieties

A visitor to garden centers must have met honeysuckle curly (L. periclymenum) and its highly decorative varieties, which mainly represent climbing honeysuckle in the flower market. This plant is more elegant than honeysuckle, with relatively narrow, small and dark leaves that do not grow together under inflorescences. It blooms later in honeysuckle (in the second half of June) and releases new inflorescences as shoots develop. The flowers are the same large and fragrant, in the wild form they are colored the same, but the varieties are pleased with the variety of offers.

The most common, probably, is a variety blooming before autumn. 'Serotina' with a pronounced two-tone color: the corolla is pink-purple on the outside and creamy white inside. Blooms early 'Belgica' ('Early Dutch') - rather a shrub than a vine with relatively dense leaves.

Climbing honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum), on the left - the variety 'Serotina', on the right - the 'Graham Thomas'

In general, there are many varieties, as with a two-tone color (like 'Red Gables', 'Serpentine', 'Winchester'), and with monophonic, mainly cream or light yellow. But apart from the graceful 'Graham Thomas'I didn’t have to see them live.

Can be called 'Cream Cloud' ('White perfume'), graceful, 'Manul' ('Berries Jubilee'), the most tender light 'Sweet Sue', 'Scentsation'which is especially praised for its strong aroma. 'Honeybush' noteworthy autumn staining in cyanotic-purple color and use as a groundcover.

Of variegated varieties recently appeared 'Harlequin' with a wide cream border on a bluish sheet, which turns pink when blooming and in autumn. 'Serotina Variegata' and just 'Variegata' - variations on the same theme.

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