Common Disease Problems
Canker: Sunken areas containing dead tissue on a stem or branch. Can cause foliage on infected branches to turn yellow or brown and wilt. Can girdle and kill limbs or entire plants. Burpee Recommends: Provide plants with proper cultural care to keep them strong and limit disease. Prune out infected branches, limbs, etc when first observed.
Cercospora Leaf Blight: Small flecks which develop a yellowish halo appear on the leaves and turn brown and coalesce. They cause the leaves to wither and die. Burpee Recommends: Remove infected plants and destroy all plant debris. Rotate crops.
Powdery Mildew: This fungus disease occurs on the top of the leaves in humid weather conditions. The leaves appear to have a whitish or greyish surface and may curl. Burpee Recommends: Avoid powdery mildew by providing good air circulation for the plants by good spacing and keeping weeds under control. Contact your Cooperative Extension Service for fungicide recommendations.
Stem Canker:This fungus affects the leaves and stems of honeysuckle. It causes blackish brown spots that may appear grey or white in the center. As the disease progresses the tissue dies and black spores are visible. The disease can enter a plant through a wound. Burpee Recommends: Avoid damaging vines when handling to avoid abrasions. Prune off dead plant parts and destroy to avoid spreading spores.
Yellow Leaves:This is not a disease but is a sign of a nutrient deficiency. It can also be a sign of over watering or not enough sun. Burpee Recommends: Apply an organic fertilizer as needed. Plant in full sun to light shade. Make sure the soil is well drained.
Common Pest and Cultural Problems
Aphids: Greenish, red, black or peach colored sucking insects can spread disease as they feed on the undersides of leaves. They leave a sticky residue on foliage that attracts ants. Burpee Recommends: Introduce or attract natural predators into your garden such as lady beetles and wasps which feed on aphids. You can also wash them off with a strong spray, or use an insecticidal soap.
Caterpillars: Caterpillars may chew holes in the leaves. Burpee Recommends: Handpick and remove caterpillars. Contact your Cooperative Extension Service for recommendations.
Japanese Beetles: Burpee Recommends: Hand pick early in the morning into a bucket of soapy water.
Scale: Small bugs look like brown, black, gray to white bumps on the stems of plants. Scale may not have any apparent legs and may not move. Scales have a sucking mouth part. Scale may produce honeydew so leaves and stems may be sticky. Scale can weaken the plant causing it to grow very slowly and may wilt at the middle of the day. Burpee Recommends: Completely spray the stems with Insecticidal soap. For a severe infestation contact your local County Extension Service for recommendation for your area.
Spider Mites: These tiny spider-like pests are about the size of a grain of pepper. They may be red, black, brown or yellow. They suck on the plant juices removing chlorophyll and injecting toxins which cause white dots on the foliage. There is often webbing visible on the plant. They cause the foliage to turn yellow and become dry and stippled. They multiply quickly and thrive in dry conditions. Burpee Recommends: Spider mites may be controlled with a forceful spray every other day. Try hot pepper wax or insecticidal soap. Check with your Cooperative Extension Service for miticide recommendations.
Is 'Major Wheeler' fragrant? No, 'Major Wheeler' is not a fragrant variety. 'Mint Crisp' is fragrant.
Can I grow honeysuckle in a container? We do not recommend these vines for containers, they are too large and vigorous.
Are honeysuckles good pollinator plants? Yes, they attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
Are honeysuckles deer resistant? Yes, they do tend to be deer resistant.
How long does it take for honeysuckle to grow? Usually happy plants will grow quickly, from 7-10 feet per year depending on the variety.