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Pruning question for a Honeysuckle 'Mandarin Orange'

Posted by prairiemoon2 zone 6a/MA (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 6, 11 at 5:20

I moved a Honeysuckle 'Mandarin Orange' from too much shade into a more sunny location. It managed the move nicely and has a few blossoms on it ready to open. Since it was growing in the shade for the past 3 years without blooming, I'm happy about that, but the bottom of the vine is bare and leggy. I'm considering cutting the vine back to the ground after it blooms to encourage new growth from the base and eliminate the leggy appearance. Does anyone have any experience with that? I don't want to kill my vine, or wait another 3 years for it to bloom. I'm also wondering if cutting it all the way back to the ground is the only way to get rid of the bare bottom branches? If I prune it back to lower green growth, it's not going to cause new growth on the lower bare branches next year, is it?

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