How to Care for Gold Flame Honeysuckle

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Of all the ways to add height to the garden, a flowering vine, supported by an arch or arbor, may be one of the loveliest. Gold Flame honeysuckle (Lonicera x heckrottii 'Gold Flame'), with its bright magenta and yellow flowers, promises not only height, but colour and fragrance as well. Gold Flame offers an additional bonus: the nectar-rich flowers act as a beacon to hummingbirds and butterflies throughout the summer. Gold Flame honeysuckle thrives within USDA hardiness zones 5b through 9.

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  • Support
  • Fertiliser
  • Pruning shears
  • Horticultural oil

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  1. 1

    Provide Gold Flame honeysuckle with a sturdy support. Plant it 6 inches away from the support, and tie it loosely to the bottom to get it started.

  2. 2

    Keep other plants from within a 3-foot radius of the Gold Flame honeysuckle to allow for adequate air circulation around it. Gold Flame is particularly susceptible to powdery mildew, a fungal disease, and good air circulation is one way to avoid it.

  3. 3

    Provide at least 1 inch of water per week. If it is extremely hot, the soil may dry out more quickly than usual, so check it more frequently during those periods.

  4. 4

    Fertilise Gold Flame honeysuckle in the spring, prior to new growth. Use a 10-10-10 formula, at the rate suggested on the package.

  5. 5

    Prune annually in the spring, before Gold Flame honeysuckle produces new growth. Remove any wood that hasn't bloomed and any dead or damaged stems. Cut these to their points of origin. Cut wayward growth back until it is in keeping with the shape of the plant. Gold Flame blooms on new wood, so don't be afraid to severely cut old growth.

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    Inspect the plant periodically for signs of powdery mildew, to which Gold Flame honeysuckle is susceptible. Look for a white, powdery substance on the foliage. Use a horticultural oil spray, according to label instructions, to treat Gold Flame.

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