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Major Wheeler Honeysuckle vine

Posted by mjaesp 8b (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 5, 10 at 11:12

I am thinking about buying a honeysuckle vine for my humming bird garden. I like the way major wheeler looks. My question for you guys is this. Which honeysuckle has the longest blooming season? I would like to have one that blooms from spring until. If there is not a honeysuckle that will bloom this long what does? Thanks in advance.


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RE: Major Wheeler Honeysuckle vine

Since the Major is a cultivar of Lonicera sempervirens, it should flower all growing season.
I had a different cultivar in PA which flowered from spring until hard frost.

According to a friend with a vines nursery, 'Major Wheeler' does not seem to be affected by mildew , unlike other cultivars. Another cultivar, 'Crimson Cascade' , exhibits that same clean foliage.

Here is a link that might be useful: Crimson Cascade

RE: Major Wheeler Honeysuckle vine

Everything I've read says Major Wheeler is the biggest blooming honeysuckle and it never takes a break.

RE: Major Wheeler Honeysuckle vine

I have a couple of Lonicera sempervirens. My 'Blanche Sandman' and 'Major Wheeler' I bought last year. Most of the L. sempervirens cultivars (excepting the two yellow ones I know of) varry in looks only a little. My Blanche Sandman is a tad more red/orange with a lighter orange throat- Major Wheeler (bloomed first year for me!) is a more uniform reddish color.

These scentless honeysuckles do bloom for a very long time, but not constantly. In my garden the longest/most prolific blooming is in the spring and then take a rest during the hot summer months before producing a few more blooms near fall. My L. periclymenum has also been known to produce a few fall blooms too, which is wonderful since I love the scent so much.

Hope this has helped you some Michael! ;-)

RE: Major Wheeler Honeysuckle vine

CMK, I grew two Lonicera sempervirens for about 15 years in southeastern PA. One was 'Alabama Crimson'. My plants flowered well almost the entire growing season. The hummingbirds would be there constantly. The vines were in two separate locations and were seldom without flowers from spring until hard frost. The only other plant in my garden that flowered for months like that was Corydalis ochroleuca.

The only problem I encountered were aphids. Most years they were not a problem but one year they were bad and I cut back all the new growth and hosed( blasted with water) the plant to control the problem.
Perhaps your lack of flowers had something to do with your climate/rainfall/siting and the fact that it's an eastern native.

Here is a link that might be useful: recorded flowering time at MOBOT

RE: Major Wheeler Honeysuckle vine

Does anyone have any of these they are selling? Thanks

RE: Major Wheeler Honeysuckle vine

So Major Wheeler doesn't smell? Major bummer if this is true!

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