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Honeysuckle planting depth.

Discussion in 'Other Plants' started by Darren W, Aug 11, 2018.

  1. Darren W

    Darren W Apprentice Gardener

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    Hiya, this question is probably a little unconventional as I appreciate it is not really the ideal way to do it. However, I have a Honeysuckle ( Lonicera Graham Thomas ) planted 2 years growing up an old tree trunk, on an embankment, well established and flowering well.

    I have to build up the level of the soil around it by approximately 18 inches. I don’t really want to disturb it, if I can get away with making the ground up around the bare stems will not hurt it. “So” that is my question. If I bury 18 inches of the bare stems will it “layer” ie send out roots from the nodes buried or will it suffer?
     
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      18" is a lot! Maybe too much? :noidea:
      Yes, it might layer itself but you can help it by lowering a stem or two, nicking the undersides with a sharp knife and pushing the stems in the soil and either pegging down or placing a stone over them.
      If the main plant struggles at least you have the layered stems to take over. In fact, I would layer 3 or 4 if you can. :)
      Can you build up the soil around your plant without getting too close to it? Maybe leaving a sort of moat. :)
       
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      • Darren W

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        Ahhhh....thanks Verdun, not a bad call. I could build up the ground behind, layer in to that and then risk it at the front once the have taken . I might try that.
         
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        2 years old stems might be too woody to readily sprout if buried, but probably some will. To make sure you don't lose the plant, Verdun's advise sounds perfect. :) In addition it might be worthwhile taking cuttings from the fresh top growth and once rooted in pots, plant them in.

        My Lonicera cuttings taken a month ago rooted straight away and filled their pots in a few weeks in this lovely weather. It's a tough plant so as long as there are healthy roots the cuttings can go in the fresh soil.
         
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