Lonicera Nitida Baggesens Gold
Lonicera Nitida is a broadleaf evergreen shrub 4-5 ft. tall and 4-6 ft. wide if unclipped, with dark green, small leaves. The creamy white, fragrant flowers, appearing at the end of spring, are 6 millimeters long, and grow in pairs. The fruit is an inedible bluish-purple berry about 6 millimeters in diameter. The stems are layered one on top of the other giving the appearance of a haystack. The growth rate is moderate or fast growing. While resistant to deer and rabbits, it is attractive to birds. When planted, the species is easy to clip and needs frequent clipping because it flops if it grows to a height over 5 feet.
Lonicera Nitida prefers full sun to part shade sunlight and moderate watering. This plant is best grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Golden in sun, the foliage turns chartreuse in part shade.
It is an excellent choice for mixed borders, hedge, edging. It is commonly used as topiary and hedging.
Plants with thin leaves need daily watering and ones with thick leaves need watering 3-4 times a week. This will also depend on the season. Generally during the blooming period, plants love a lot of water. Try keeping the soil moist. During winters it is better to cut back on watering.
Keep the plants in a well drained soil with a drainage hole at the bottom. This will help to avoid over watering. Take care as to not leave stagnant water on top of the soil. Fertilise the plant once in 2-3 weeks during its blooming period. Do not fertilise it in winters.
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