Lonicera, Major Wheeler
Masses of blooms all season long.
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Lonicera: Potted Perennial Plant
How to Plant
Planting in the Garden:
- Select a location in rich, moist soil in full sun or partial shade. Lonicera can tolerate urban conditions. Consider that the vines will need something to climb on such as a trellis, arbor, side of a building, or climbing over sprubs.
- Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12 inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
- The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
- Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
- Dig a hole for each plant, approximately 3-8 feet apart depending on the variety, large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
- Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
- Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
- Use the plant tag as a location marker.
- Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
How to Grow
- Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
- Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
- Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry. One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
- Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
- After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Garden-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
- Prune as needed after flowering to keep plants within bounds.
- Lonicera berries in fall are popular with birds.
- Honeysuckle is a great plant to cover a pergola or arbor, and some varieties are deliciously fragrant.
Zone4-8SunFull SunHeight3-8 feetSpread3-8 feetBloom SeasonFallResistant ToDeerOrnamental UseBordersPlanting TimeFall, SpringGenusLoniceraLife CyclePerennial
Lonicera, Major Wheeler is rated out of 5 by 8.Rated 5 out of 5 by Angiea from Lovely Vine The Major Wheeler Lonicera honeysuckle vine is a lovely addition to our hummingbird / butterfly garden. The vine is sized nicely, and is certainly not a monster invasive vine like so many non-native vines can be. This native vine grew well for me right from the start, and bloomed beautifully its second year and ever since. Two I have planted on a pole/trellis together in the yard which gets very little if any morning sun, but gets good mid-day sun, and no late day sun. My third vine location gets more sun that the others, and grows a bit larger . They are all healthy, bug free, Deer leave them alone, and frigid winter doesn't bother them.. They harmonize very well with my yard, gardens and wildlife.Date published: 2014-09-21Rated 5 out of 5 by Curwens from early blooms Ordered in March and planted it at the base of my arbor the day it arrived. I had flowers blooming in early summer! After first season, it's still quite small but very hardy. I plan to order another for the other side of the arbor and maybe a few for the back fence.Date published: 2014-09-18Rated 5 out of 5 by Exasperatus2002 from Love honey suckle! Both the hummingbirds and I agree this is a Great honeysuckle!Date published: 2014-09-17Rated 4 out of 5 by Rebecca from Fast growing I ordered one of these earlier in the year and yes it was small and not much more than a stick, but it grew very fast. It is now just starting to flower in late summer, but I am very happy with this plant. I am looking forward to see how it does next year since it has had a year to establish itself.Date published: 2014-08-23Rated 2 out of 5 by lalahin from Not sure about this My plants arrived a week ago, roots were on the top of the soil in both pots. One of the plants both stems were broken, leaving only a stick coming out of the soil. I don't think this one will make it, no new growth yet. The other one is surviving, I will update later on both, but the broken plant doesn't have any nodes, only shredded stem, so I don't think it will make it.Date published: 2014-03-20Rated 4 out of 5 by ChrisR from Major Wheeler but not flowering I received and planted 3 of these plants which are climbing and healthy but they are not flowering. Does anyone have suggestions?Date published: 2012-08-17Rated 4 out of 5 by davesc from seem to be doing well Got three little plants but they have already started to take off in the hummingbird garden. I seen the same vines at one of my local garden centers for a few bucks more but they were already well over a foot in height. Seem to grow fast though, so I expect them to catch up fairly quickly. These plants came in healthy and garden-ready.Date published: 2012-03-25Rated 5 out of 5 by Wordwoman from Major Wheeler Lonicera Arrived small but perfect but caught up with the established yellow one over the summer! Highly recommend!Date published: 2011-11-01