The Best Time to Trim Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle Vine


Honeysuckles may become tangled, unsightly, and overgrown if they are not trimmed on a regular basis and allowed to grow unchecked for a number of years. However, honeysuckles have a wonderful fragrance and are a standard in landscaping for climbing fences or trellises. It’s no different with the Dropmore Scarlet honeysuckle (Lonicera x brownii ‘Dropmore Scarlet,’ which can survive in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 9).

When it is young, the Dropmore Scarlet requires very little pruning; however, once the plant is a couple of years old, it is time to get the shears out and establish a pruning schedule.

About the Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle

According to the University of Illinois Extension, the honeysuckle known as Dropmore Scarlet is a hybrid that was created by crossing Lonicera sempervirens with Lonicera hirsuta. Despite this, Dropmore Scarlet is still known as a “trumpet” honeysuckle, much like Lonicera sempervirens. In contrast to L. japonica, which may become an invasive species in the United States, both L. sempervirens and L. hirsuta, sometimes known as hairy honeysuckle because to the tiny hairs that can be seen on its stems and leaves, are native vines.

According to the North Carolina State Extension, this vine is a kind of deciduous perennial that may grow to a height of between 8 and 12 feet with a spread of between 6 and 10 feet. Hummingbirds are drawn to the bright reddish-orange and trumpet-shaped blooms of this plant because they bloom continuously throughout the growing season. The blossoms will produce long-lasting red berries that have the potential to be appealing, but they also have the potential to litter the ground of the garden.

Even though it is not considered an invasive species, the Dropmore Scarlet honeysuckle has a very fast growth rate. Quick growth is obviously beneficial for gardeners who are looking for as soon as possible covering of a trellis or an unattractive area of the yard. However, this rapid development also feeds the need for frequent trimming of the plant in question.

Pruning a Dropmore Scarlet Vine

According to Brooklyn Botanic Garden%20in%20late%20winter,shoots%3B%20head%20back%20long%20stems. ), the best time to prune a Dropmore Scarlet vine is in the late winter or early spring before it begins to put on new growth. This is because the Dropmore Scarlet cultivar of trumpet honeysuckle is a type of trumpet honeysuckle. You should try to avoid doing any trimming on it in the autumn since newly cut stems are more prone to harm from cold and disease. During the growth season, soon after the flowers have fallen off, you may also give it a little cut to tidy it up. Nevertheless, depending on where you live, it may blossom very consistently throughout the summer, which means that this strategy may not be very useful.

Pruning is the process of removing unhealthy growth and stems that are too long with the intention of shaping the plant so that it does not become lanky and develop barren areas. You have the ability to cut down as much as one-third of its annual growth. Keep in mind that the Scarlet Dropmore only blossoms on its new growth; as a result, you should do any necessary pruning before the plant emerges from its winter hibernation in the spring.

A method of pruning known as “renovation” involves cutting the plant to a height of around 12 inches if it has become unmanageable and entirely overgrown. The vine is able to rejuvenate and produce new growth on its own.

Lonicera Dropmore Scarlet Care

Full sun, which is defined as around six hours of sunshine every day, is the ideal growing environment for your Dropmore Scarlet honeysuckle. It is also able to tolerate some shade, albeit the flowers produced by it will not be as abundant. It thrives in nutrient-rich soil that has a high concentration of organic matter; thus, amend the soil in the planting hole with some high-quality compost. The pH of the soil may vary from acidic to neutral, but you should stay away from excessively acidic or alkaline soils if you want the vine to thrive. Make sure to give it enough room to spread out and grow, as squeezing it too much can make it more prone to disease.

Honeysuckle has low fertiliser requirements, but it does well in the early spring and in the middle of the summer if it is given a balanced fertiliser. A fertiliser that contains an excessive amount of nitrogen should be avoided because it encourages the growth of leaves at the expense of blooms. Nature Hills Nursery suggests making sure the vine has access to an adequate amount of water while it is still getting established. Once it has reached maturity, Dropmore Scarlet is resistant to drought.