How to Grow Lonicera Fragrantissima - Plant Care & Tips

By NorwichGardener Team   /   2024

Lonicera fragrantissima is a species of flowering plant in the family Caprifoliaceae, native to central and eastern China. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 3 m tall and wide, with small, ovate leaves and sweetly scented, tubular white flowers in late spring and early summer.

How to Grow Lonicera Fragrantissima - Plant Care & Tips

Alternative name

  • Box Honeysuckle
  • Fragrant Honeysuckle
  • Honewort
  • Lonicera involucrata
  • Woodbine

Good to Know

  • Lonicera fragrantissima, also known as winter sweet, fragrant honeysuckle, or Chinese honeysuckle, is a flowering plant in the family Caprifoliaceae.
  • It is native to China, Korea, and Japan.
  • Lonicera fragrantissima is a twining vine that can reach up to 10 m in length.
  • The stem is covered in small, dark green leaves.
  • The plant produces small, white flowers with a strong fragrance.
  • The flowers are followed by purple berries.
  • Lonicera fragrantissima is grown as an ornamental plant.
  • It is also used in traditional Chinese medicine.
  • The plant is considered to be invasive in some parts of the world.
  • Lonicera fragrantissima is listed as a noxious weed in the state of Florida.

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How to Grow

  1. For lonicera fragrantissima, first step is to find a good location. The plant prefers full sun to partial shade, and well-drained soil.
  2. Amend the planting area with organic matter such as compost or peat moss to help with drainage.
  3. Dig a hole twice the width of the plant's root ball and of equal depth.
  4. Place the plant in the hole and backfill with soil.
  5. Water deeply to settle the roots.
  6. Lonicera fragrantissima is a fast-growing plant, so fertilize monthly during the growing season.
  7. To encourage more blooms, deadhead spent flowers.
  8. In the fall, cut the plant back by one-third to one-half.
  9. Mulch around the plant to help protect the roots during the winter.
  10. Lonicera fragrantissima is a low-maintenance plant, but it is susceptible to aphids and Japanese beetles. Monitor your plant and take action as needed to keep these pests under control.

Soil Condition

About soil condition, Lonicera fragrantissima grow in a well-drained, sandy soil. It is a low-maintenance plant and is tolerant of drought. It requires full sun to partial shade and is not particular about soil pH.

Light requirement

Just like other types of Lonicera, the K shamelessly fragrant ia is a climbing vine that can get really long-reaching. It can be found in woodlands and gardens and is native to East Asia. And while it's not the most fussy plant, it does have some requirements: full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. Plus, it's not the best choice if you're looking for low-maintenance. The K shameless fragrant ia is one of the more high-maintenance climbing vines.

Ideal Temperature

The temperature condition that is best for the growth of the Lonicera fragrantissima is a temperature that is between 68 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. This plant does not do well in temperatures that are below 50 degrees Fahrenheit or above 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Humidity Requirement

Ideal humidity condition for this plant is around 50%. If the humidity falls below 40% the plant will start to experience some leaf drop. If you live in an area with very low humidity, you can increase the humidity around the plant by placing a shallow dish of water near the base of the plant.

The Fertilizer

About fertilizer, this kind of plant is not fussy. A good all-purpose fertilizer will do. It's important to fertilize regularly, especially during the growing season. Once a month is a good rule of thumb. As for the roots, they are relatively shallow. So, be careful not to overwater.

About light

Pruning is a critical part of keeping your Lonicera fragrantissima healthy and looking its best. This fast-growing shrub can become overgrown and leggy if left unpruned, so it's important to give it a light trim every year or two. The best time to prune is early spring, before new growth begins. Simply remove any dead or damaged branches, and trim back any straggly growth to keep the plant tidy. With a little care, your Lonicera fragrantissima will remain a beautiful addition to your landscape for years to come.

Plant Propagation

Propagation of lonicera fragrantissima is usually done through softwood cuttings taken from new growth in late spring or early summer. The cuttings should be about 6 inches long and should have several leaves. They should be placed in a well-drained soil mix and kept moist until they have rooted. Once they have rooted, they can be transplanted into individual pots or into the garden.

Plant Growth

Usually, the plant growth rate during the spring and summer months when the weather is warm and there is plenty of moisture available. Lonicera fragrantissima is a fast-growing plant and can reach up to 6 feet in height within a single growing season. This vine is also known to be one of the longest-blooming flowering plants, with blooms lasting from early spring to late summer.

The Problems

Common problems for this kind of plant are over watering, pests, and diseases. If you overwater your plant, the leaves will start to yellow and the plant will become stunted. Pests such as aphids, whiteflies, and mealybugs can infest your plant and cause damage. Diseases such as powdery mildew, leaf spot, and root rot can also affect your plant.

Tips on Growing

  • Make sure to plant your lonicera fragrantissima in an area that receives full sun.
  • Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged.
  • Fertilize monthly with a balanced fertilizer.
  • Prune annually to shape the plant and encourage new growth.
  • Protect the plant from strong winds.
  • Place a pebble or rock in the bottom of the planting hole to aid in drainage.
  • Plant lonicera fragrantissima in well-drained soil.
  • Mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture.
  • Keep an eye out for pests and diseases.
  • Enjoy the fragrant flowers of your lonicera fragrantissima plant!

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