How to Garden Honeysuckle


Honeysuckle is a blanket term for many varieties of vine plants, although honeysuckle vines can also be used as ground cover. Some varieties of honeysuckle, such as Lonicera x heckrottii, are hardy to USDA zones 4 to 9, according to the Denver Botanical Gardens. Honeysuckle vines are perennials that can grow up about 10 to 20 feet long so they are good for trellises or for growing over fences. Honeysuckle grows best in warm climates.

Step 1

Choose a spot in your yard for the honeysuckle. Honeysuckle likes full to partial sun and any type of soil, according to the University of Florida.

Step 2

Put your trellis in place. Push it into the ground until it is stable and lean it against a wall for extra support.

Step 3

Dig a hole for the honeysuckle plant as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Place the honeysuckle into the hole and fill the hole with soil. Tie the honeysuckle vines to the trellis gently.

Step 4

Water the honeysuckle until the soil is moist but not soaking. Provide 1 inch of water for the honeysuckle once a week if there is no rain.

Step 5

Fertilize the honeysuckle with 1 tbsp. of 10-10-10 water-soluble fertilizer in early and midsummer to promote flowering.

Step 6

Cover honeysuckle with 3 to 4 inches of mulch in the winter after the first frost.

Step 7

Prune back honeysuckle in the spring by 6 to 8 inches to keep it in bounds.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not grow Japanese honeysuckle as it is very invasive.

Things You'll Need

  • Honeysuckle plant
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Trellis
  • String
  • 10-10-10 fertilizer
  • Mulch


  • Green Zone Life: Honeysuckle
  • Denver Botanical Gardens: Honeysuckle
  • University of Illinois: The Versatility of Perennial Vines
  • Universtiy of Florida: Honeysuckle
  • University of Missouri: Selecting Landscape Plants: Ornamental Vines
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Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.