Care of Honeysuckle Vines


Honeysuckle vines are an easy to grow perennial plant that produces masses of colorful, fragrant flowers. The vines bloom prolifically in spring and summer, creating a heady scent that is attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Step 1

Choose a planting spot for your vines near a trellis or fence so the vines will have something strong to climb on as they grow. Honeysuckle vines prefer full sunlight, however, a partly sunny area will also work.

Step 2

Dig holes at least 3 feet apart in the new planting space. Mix mature compost into the hole to provide nutrients and drainage for the new vine plantings.

Step 3

Fill the newly composted holes with water and allow it to drain completely into the ground.

Step 4

Gently remove the honeysuckle vines from their containers, loosen the root balls and place them into the composted holes. Place the vines deep enough to fully cover the roots without burying the main vine stem.

Step 5

Fill the hole in with a mixture of quality potting soil and compost. Tamp down gently to ensure there are no air pockets.

Step 6

Water the new plantings thoroughly.

Step 7

Cover the moist soil with wood or hay mulch to shelter the roots and retain the moisture in the soil.

Step 8

Use soft strips of cloth or garden tape to tie the new growth to the trellis or fence to support them as they grow. Tie the vines gently to prevent damage to the plant.

Step 9

Prune honeysuckle vines as needed for space containment or appearance. Only light pruning should be done during the first two years of growth. Cutting away old, dead or tangled vines will help give the plant more energy for producing new flowers and vines.

Step 10

Check around the vines weekly for weeds and pull them as you find them so they cannot rob the vines of nutrients and water.

Things You'll Need

  • Fence or trellis
  • Compost
  • Potting soil
  • Garden tape or cloth strips
  • Mulch


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