04/03/19 - Star Plant Update - well this is a nice surprise, I was not expecting flowers on my honey bush... ever! It’s hardy-ish (for south) and considered normally as a semi-evergreen perennial in the U.K. unless protected, and normally the foliage dies off each year from the frosts but it’s been quite resilient this winter (with no protection) - the red flower spikes can get quite tall, up to 3-4 feet above the glaucous green cut foliage 💚💚
#melianthus #melianthus-major #melianthusmajor #honeybush #foliage - just scrolled through pics and I’ve had this since 2015, was one of the first plants I posted, has it been already four years since I joined GT? 😳
Thanks everyone 👍🏼 I’m sad to report that the stem with the flower bud tried to fly away like Mary poppins in the wind because of Storm Gareth and not sure the flower will now develop, but never mind. It’s holding on for dear life but not sure a sticky plaster will fix it. Might have to do what @clipperty has done and cut it back now for fresh growth @pelly @kathy @jadojado29 @telswirld
I think I need to tell my #honeybush that winter is on it's way - it seems to be putting on a bit of growth the last couple of weeks 😳 #melianthus #melianthusmajor #foliage #melianthus-major #honeybush
They can potentially get big @angiecrazycatlady if you have a mild winter. But long frosts tend to kill off the top foliage and it will start to grow again from the base in spring. It's unlikely to flower like this as it needs to get a certain height before flowers develop, but even if not it's a great foliage plant on its own 👍🏼 I might try fleece and see if I can get it to flower next year.
I'm thinking the Honey Bush is desperate for some summer sun, but it's doing OK. Still, it's had new growth and it's twice the size it was last year. #melianthusmajor #melianthus #melianthus-major #honeybush
🕵🏻 how come I missed this post 🤔😉 Richard it's looking good nice and lush! 👌😊 just keep and eye on it during winter its boarder line frost, will need some fleece to protect it. 👍 @susytwoshoes I have a couple around the garden and I have put them in a very large dust bin with the base cut out so to stop its developing more than I want it to, it's done the job!
Hi @longlegs70 , mine is quite young too. I have noticed that some of the bottom older leaves have gradually died and gone brown - they may have been yellow/red just before that. I checked it coincidently this weekend and cut off the older brown foliage. There seems to be plenty of new growth and new shoots of healthy colour so appears to be ago. I did read that often these dieback over winter as the foliage is not too frost hardy but what with the mild winter mine went through ok with minimal
damage. They send new shoots up anyway. Is yours showing any signs of new growth which looks normal colour? If so it may be alright. Post a pic if you want and we can have a look and see. A few of us grow this plant in Gardentags 😀👍🏼 @longlegs70
I don't really know @elfin. Lol. I have just dug some border over so will put some on now. Not sure if there is a right time. A spring mulching helps keep moisture in I believe 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 the blind leading the blind 😂😂😂😂😂😂