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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.

Michael


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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.

http://www.northcreeknurseries.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/plants.plantDetail/plant_id/458/index.htm

Here is a link that might be useful: Crimson Cascade


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RE: Major Wheeler Honeysuckle vine

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


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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! ;-)
CMK


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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


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RE: Major Wheeler Honeysuckle vine

Does anyone have any of these they are selling? Thanks


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RE: Major Wheeler Honeysuckle vine

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


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RE: Major Wheeler Honeysuckle vine

I have Major Wheeler that bloomed well for me this spring, but then it quit, right along with most of the others. The only one I have ever had that will keep right on going clear up until frost (with some sort breaks in between) is the unbeatable 'Goldflame'. It also tends to be more compact and easier to control than most of the vines. As of now, July 5th, it's in full bloom and has been for over 2 months.


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RE: Major Wheeler Honeysuckle vine

Here's another photo of lonicera 'Goldflame'. It's growing on a 4' chain link fence and is about 6'H x 6'W and 4'D, at least. It takes very little pruning to keep it in shape, and you can see that the bloom pattern is pretty solid and uniform. One added note about it: unlike most of the honeysuckles, this one is really hard to start from cuttings. (The site has made the photo blurry, which is unfortunate.)


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RE: Major Wheeler Honeysuckle vine

My red honeysuckle blooms all summer this year with the help of bloom buster fertilizer. It is in full bloom today here on the side of mt Taylor 7000 ft.
My plant came with us from SE Texas a few miles north of I10. I am surprised it lives here in zone 5 in the ground. It was a wildflower there on our land.
It produces very few seeds,none this year. Great vine humming birds love it.
Josephene


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