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Care of the plant Lonicera etrusca or Etruscan honeysuckle.

Care of the plant Lonicera etrusca or Etruscan honeysuckle

The genus Lonicera, family Caprifoliaceae, comprises 100 species of shrubs and climbing plants native to the Northern Hemisphere. Some species are: Lonicera etrusca, Lonicera implexa, Lonicera periclymemum, Lonicera caprifolia, Lonicera sempervirens, Lonicera nitida, Lonicera japonica, Lonicera caerulea.

Common name: Etruscan honeysuckle. This species is native to southern Europe.

They are deciduous climbing shrubs that reach 4 meters in height. The leaves are elliptical, blue-green in color and grow opposite around the stem. The flowers are highly scented, tubular in shape and yellowish-white petals (pink on the outside). They bloom from mid-spring to mid-summer. The fruits are quite decorative red berries.

They are used to cover walls and pergolas (they need supports) and in large pots for patios and terraces.

The Etruscan Lonicera prefers a semi-shadow exposure avoiding direct sun in the central hours of the day; in a shade exhibition it will bloom less.

They prefer a well-drained and slightly alkaline soil.

Water regularly so that the substrate does not dry out completely. They do not resist flooding or prolonged drought.

Fertilize with humus or compost in spring and fall.

Intensively prune stems that are too long or those that have lost their leaves. They can be pruned after flowering to maintain a compact appearance.

They are quite resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They propagate from seeds sown in spring or by cuttings set to root in moist, sandy substrate in early spring or mid-summer.

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Lonicera etrusca
Lonicera etrusca
Lonicera etrusca
Lonicera etrusca
Lonicera etrusca
Lonicera etrusca
 

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