Re: trellis (not?) for honeysuckle
I have a honeysuckle vine that I am wanting to grow up about
6-7 feet (vertically) and then spread out horizontally onto a trellis that runs across the top of the (high) fence.
I had planted this vine some years back, and let two or three vines twist around themselves until it got up to 7 feet, and then let it spread out. Over the years (15 or so), these lower vines grew into each other, making a "trunk" about 2 inches in diameter. Winter before last, the whole thing up and died!! Last year, a few (hooray!!) vines re-emerged, and now they are ready to re-train. My question: Should I just do the same thing? Was letting it twine around itself part of why it died? The vines grew so thick (about 2 inches in diameter), I hesitate to train them onto an ordinatry trellis, as it would overwhelm the trellis. I was thinking of trying to training three vines to grow up in a sort of fan shape, but that would mean trying to force the vine to grow straight for the 6-7 feet, against its natural tendency to twist and twine. Thoughts? Ideas?