I planted a honeysuckle vine from a pot that also contained creeping jenny. The creeping jenny took off and is thick around the base of the vine. Now the leaves on the honeysuckle are yellow and some have dried. Flower production was minimal this summer. Should I remove the creeping jenny? It seems to be comingled with the roots of the honeysuckle. Or is it a nitrogen problem?

  • What part of the world are you in? Any chance of a photo showing the honeysuckle please? – Bamboo Sep 11 '19 at 16:24
  • Also, how long since you planted the honeysuckle? – Bamboo Sep 11 '19 at 17:21
  • This honeysuckle is in Washington state. I planted in ground a year ago. It was approx 4' tall at the time. – Linda Sep 12 '19 at 14:31
  • Not sure how to upload a picture to this site – Linda Sep 12 '19 at 14:32

Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia) is commonly used in pots and as ground cover, in combination with other plants. There is nothing inherently wrong with the roots of plants mingling (in fact it's inevitable), as long as their combined needs are still met. I doubt your Honeysuckle is suffering specifically due to Creeping Jenny but rather because of competition in general.

Make sure the container is comfortably big enough for the Honeysuckle vine, with extra space for the Creeping Jenny. Consider removing some of the Creeping Jenny around the Honeysuckle now, while the vine is getting better established, it should regrow easily later on.

Ensure the drainage in the container is good so that the soil can remain moist without being waterlogged. Apply an organic mulch and/or a liquid plant food to ensure there are sufficient nutrients for both plants. If the soil in the pot is several years old then thing about emptying it and replanting in fresh compost. Make sure the pot is in a suitable location. Both Honeysuckle and Creeping Jenny will tolerate some shade, but not deep shade.

Hope this helps, good luck 🤞🌱

  • Thanks. This is planted in the ground. I recently pulled the creeping Jenny out by hand. Maybe it will help – Linda Sep 12 '19 at 14:37
  • I'm sorry, I misunderstood your question, I read it as "I planted a honeysuckle vine in a pot that also contained creeping jenny." – Max Spencer Sep 13 '19 at 12:46

If you only planted the honeysuckle last year, it may be that it hasn't had sufficient water to settle in properly, especially as, being taken from a pot, it likely had a solid root ball which may not yet have 'broken out' to spread its roots far and wide. If the root ball was solid and large and had been in the previous pot for good while, it needed extra water during hot dry spells this year, of the order of a few gallons applied directly to the ground at the base of the plant, once a week. The first year is particularly critical when a plant is transferred to the ground in terms of watering. Once the plant puts out new roots, spreading over an area below ground, it will be able to seek out whatever it needs itself, but until that happens, keep it well supplied with water. Don't fertilize now, wait till next spring, and keep it watered as necessary during next spring/summer. After that, it should have settled in...

The Lysimachia in and of itself won't be killing your honeysuckle, but it will have been competing for water.

  • Thank you, it was a very solid root ball. – Linda Sep 14 '19 at 13:37

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