Lonicera Belgica

SKU 103906 Category

£14.99

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The white flowers of Honeysuckle ‘Belgica’ gradually turn yellow with rich red streaks, and are followed by red berries. Early Dutch Honeysuckle flower mainly during early summer, but will often produce a follow up flush of scented blooms in September and October.

Honeysuckle are popular climbers, which are much-loved for their sweetly-scented flowers. This vigorous, climbing honeysuckle will cover fences and walls, and can also be grown through trees and shrubs.

Culinary note: The parboiled leaves are used as a vegetable and the flowers can be sucked for their sweet nectar, used as a vegetable or made into a syrup and pudding. A tea can also be made from the leaves, buds and flowers

How to Grow

Plant honeysuckle against a suitable, sturdy support such as trellis or strong wires attached to walls and pergolas, in fertile, moist, free draining soil. Poor soils can be improved by adding plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost. Choose a position in sun or semi-shade. When growing honeysuckle in patio containers, use soil based compost such as John Innes No. 3.
Care
Feed and water lonicera regularly throughout the growing season until they are fully established. Check young shoot tips regularly as honeysuckle plants are susceptible to aphid damage, particularly when grown in full sun. Prune immediately after flowering, first removing the oldest stems, then reducing the remaining stems to restrict their vigorous growth to the available space. Apply a mulch of well rotted manure or compost to the base of the plant in spring. Caution: harmful if eaten.
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