How to Root Honeysuckle Plants


Honeysuckle vines grow readily over trellises and fences, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. They have long, narrow trumpet-shaped flowers that produce a honey-like nectar. Heat-tolerant, these vines bloom throughout summer with flowers ranging from white and yellow to pale pink. Honeysuckle is easily propagated from cuttings taken from the vines. Rooting these new honeysuckle plants is a simple and inexpensive way to grow enough vines to cover a fence or trellis in your landscaping.

Step 1

Take cuttings from honeysuckle once the plant is dormant, usually in early winter after a hard frost. Choose a healthy vine from the top of the plant.

Step 2

Cut a 10-inch length from the honeysuckle branch. Cut at an angle beneath the lowest leaf node on the branch.

Step 3

Remove the leaves from the bottom two-thirds of the cutting. Cut them off flush with the branch.

Step 4

Place the cut end of the cutting in a rooting hormone, available from garden centers. Follow package instructions for exact application method.

Step 5

Mix one part sand with one part peat moss and place the mixture in a small pot. Set the cutting into the pot, cut-end first, so that only the leaf end is above the soil surface.

Step 6

Water the potting mixture until it is evenly damp then cover the pot with a large plastic bag. Use a twig to prop the bag so it doesn't rest on top the honeysuckle branch. Place the pot in a warm room that has bright, indirect sunlight.

Step 7

Keep the potting mixture moist at all times. Water when condensation stops forming on the bag.

Step 8

Transplant the honeysuckle cuttings to a pot filled with a nutrient-rich potting soil once roots form, approximately four weeks after cutting. Keep the soil moist until you are ready to transplant the honeysuckle outside in spring.

Tips and Warnings

  • Some varieties of honeysuckle are considered an invasive species. Check with your extension office to ensure the type you are propagating is not invasive in your area.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Rooting hormone
  • Sand
  • Peat moss
  • Pots
  • Plastic bag
  • Potting soil


  • University of Missouri Extension: Home Propagation of Garden and Landscape Plants
Keywords: rooting honeysuckle, plant cuttings, propagating honeysuckle vines

About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.