Lonicera periclymenum 'Rhubarb and Custard' ®

3 lt pot (60cm cane) £19.99
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Buy Lonicera periclymenum 'Rhubarb and Custard' ® honeysuckle: New, compact and full of flowers

This climber is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: June to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    An impressive new form that will produce a mass of large flower clusters throughout the summer. Their colour is rich and their scent powerful, and the bees will love them too. Later, red berries are held well into autumn. This is a top performer, but it is relatively compact, so it is a ideal for smaller gardens or patio pots topped with an obelisk. Easy to grow and undemanding, it will tolerate light shade, however you will get more flowers in a sunnier spot.

  • Garden care: Cut back established plants after flowering if they outgrow the available space, removing up to a third of the flowering shoots. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plant in early spring.

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Eventual height & spread

Not doing as well as expected . Is it me?

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I am keen to be positive about your products and your company . Only tine will tell with the honeysuckle I bought Some months ago now. It is failing to thrive. I planted it carefully I have fed and nurtured it. However it looks feeble and straggly with very little fresh growth on it. It looks less good than it did when I received it. Guidance and suggestion welcome. I bought it anticipating it to grow vigorously and be good to train up an obelisk. Wonder what my mistake has been?

Meredith.

Wantage

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Good healthy plant that had lots of flowers

5

Always feel that Crocus plants are good quality and that they will work in Edinburgh as they are stored and grown outside from the offset.

cat

edinburgh

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Not too sure - jury still out on this one!

4

I bought two of these as read what a lovely new variety it was, but have been slightly disappointed. This could be because I put both plants in separate troughs to climb up a trellis type fence in my front garden. I had hoped they would wend their way through the trellis but the stems are particularly inflexible. I should have gone for a jasmine which I know (from previous experience) will do much better in that position. The flowers don't last too long and are a bit "scruffy" as they die off. Haven't seen any pollinators at all, although my front garden is north facing so they probably all head to the rear garden! I am going to move both plants to the rear border to climb up the fence as I think they will do better there.

Fuchsias are my favourites

London

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Could do better!

2

Wanted a small Lonicera I could control in my small garden, but whilst this is pretty, it is spindly, so I didn't get a profusion of flowers even in full sun. Another, planted in 50/50 sun and shade, failed to flower.

Lavalla

London

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Lovely fragrance and fast growing

5

Grew over a rose arch in first year!

Jen

London

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Little beauty

5

Bought early in the season so limited root system but nurtured carefully it has grown into a lovely addition to the garden. Am thinking of buying another!

Jan from the Mews

Suffolk

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I would buy again.

5

This honeysuckle is just beautiful.

Carol

Cardiff

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Pretty and fragrant, needs care.

3

This honeysuckle is in a pot, in a fairly shady spot and is great for being a compact honeysuckle that's also pretty and fragrant. It also has a long flowering period. The downside is that it gets easily water-stressed in a pot so it had rather unsightly mildew on the leaves for the second half of last summer. I hope to be able to pay more attention to it this summer and prevent it, then my rating might improve!

Pinks

Brighton

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early days

4

Had a couple of beautiful blooms and latterly berries. Can't wait for it to grow bigger

Nan

Cheshire

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It's bedded in well, and has produced flowers already.

5

I have it growing up a trellis, and is spreading. It has flowered already, and is fragrant.

Desert Wellies.

West Midlands.

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Hi I was just reading some of the other Q's and getting more confused about pruning. So its best to leave the flowers on in order to get the berries so when do I prune it. Reading your Crocus Tips and it says after flowering in the autumn but will I be cutting the berries off? I am growing this through a montana to give some summer interest. I am also hoping to get a Lonicera Celestial at some point, any idea when you are likely to get this in and again how do I prune it thanks?

Kat13

Hello, These do not really require any pruning at all - unless they have outgrown their allotted space. If that is the case, then the best time to cut them back is immediately after flowering, removing up to a third of the flowering shoots. That will of course result in the production of fewer berries in that year.

Helen

I have been advised by Crocus that this variety would be the most suitable lonicera for growing against and around a partly sunny 7 ft balcony pillar. Do you agree? I realise that it will need to be watered and fed regularly but if I were to plant it in a square container, what minimum depth and width should a square one be please?

Balcony Gardener

Hello there Yes this is the best honeysuckle to grow in a pot as it isn't so vigorous or large as some of the other honeysuckles. You would still need to plant it into a large pot say approx 40-50cm diameter. I have attached a few links below to possible pots. http://www.crocus.co.uk/product/_/exara-terracotta-pot/classid.2000028343/ - the largest one http://www.crocus.co.uk/product/_/monachou-terracotta-pot/classid.2000028341/ - again the largest one http://www.crocus.co.uk/product/_/terracotta-citrus-pot/classid.2000017363/

is this plant evergreen or deciduous? thanks

woodski

Hello, These tend to be semi-evergreen, so they may hang on to some of their foliage in milder winters, or if they are planted in a sheltered garden.

Helen

Hello, I ordered this Honeysuckle from you recently and plan to plant it in my balcony against a trellis. I have also ordered the Star Jasmine for planting in the same location. I have a large rectangular planter measuring 100cmX50cm and 40cm deep, and the trellis is about 200cm high, 120cm wide. Could you please recommend a soil mixture I can use? I don't have a garden, so unfortunately I am restricted to buying pre-prepared potting compost from a garden centre! Would a mix of John Innes No 2 and Multipurpose Compost with John Innes be suitable for both plants?

haemonchus

Hello, I would recommend using a straight John Innes No2 compost, but do keep in mind that the Trachelopsermum does get pretty big eventually!

Helen

I'm buying this to replace a tree lupin, I've just cut it down as it had a massive infestation of aphids. No other plants were affected except the plants underneath did suffer from the honeydew but I've cleaned them up. My question is...shall I wait a while before placing this?( it's going into a pot, deep and wide on a six by three trellis) As I'm worried that the aphids might get any new plant. Are These particularly susceptible to aphid attack? Or maybe you can suggest another climbing plant that is not attractive to aphids. Thank you

Janet

Hello, Aphids fly (or are often blown) about looking for their next meal, so it is very difficult to know what or where they will strike next. They will generally go for anything with soft foliage so I'm afraid I cannot recommend any climber that will be immune - they do tend to like honeysuckles though! The good news about having aphids in the garden though is that they do attract ladybirds, hoverflies, lacewings and birds.

Helen

My Rhubarb & Custard planted last year in a good size pot was laden with flower buds until about a week ago when most of the flowers wilted and dropped off before fully opening. Any suggestions of cause please. The plant is very healthy looking apart from the flower-drop.

Jean

Hello, A sudden shedding of buds or flowers is usually a result of stress of some sort, so provided it has not suffered from some other type of shock like a sudden move, a dip in temperatures etc, I suspect the plant may have got a little dry at some point over the last couple of weeks (it is very easy for potted plants to dry out in summer).

Helen

Hello. I want to plant one of these in a container that measures approx. 6x2x2. Will this be OK? How far will it spread - the trellis is approx. 6x6. Is it too late to plant it this year? Thank you.

fuschiagirl

Hello, If your measurements are in feet, then yes, this sounds like a really generous pot for this relatively compact climber. It has an eventual height and spread of 2 x 1.5m (8 x 5') and if it is kept well fed and watered, it should eventually reach that in the pot you have described.

Helen

If I buy lonicera rhubarb and custard, will it flower this year?

liliium

Hello, We can never absolutely guarantee it as this is largely determined by external factors such as soil type and available water, light and nutrients, but given the right conditions, I would say there is an excellent chance that you will get some flowers this year.

Helen

Probably a silly question, but is a 6' x 3' trellis against a fence OK for one of these? I know it grows to a wider spread than this, but I don't want to dwarf it with a massive trellis unless I have to and I'm hoping the fence itself could support the overhang?

dellboy78

Hello, Yes, that would probably be sufficient, but you may need to feed it back onto the trellis, or add some horizontal wires to the fence if it spills over.

Helen

I am looking to buy a honeysuckle rhubarb and custard to grow at the back of a flower bed up a fence/trellis. Are there any other suitable climbers to companion plant with this up the same trellis or should I grow it alone?

dellboy78

Hello, It really depends on how much space you need to fill. This plant will grow to around 2m tall and 1.5m across, so if you have a bigger space, then you could consider teaming it up with one of the following. Clematis Frances Rivis http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/clematis-frances-rivis/classid.856/ Clematis Arabella http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/clematis-arabella/classid.2000004765/

Helen

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