How to Grow Honeysuckle Seedlings


Honeysuckle (Lonicera spp), a flowering vine, is a tough, versatile garden favorite. Although it is frequently grown on a trellis or other support structure, it can be grown as a ground cover. The curved, tubular flowers of the honeysuckle attract hummingbirds into the garden. Honeysuckle, hardy to USDA Zones 4 through 10a, is generally resistant to pests and can adapt to full sun or partial shade and wet or dry soil. Plant your honeysuckle seedlings in the garden in the spring.

Step 1

Loosen the soil in the honeysuckle bed to a depth of 8 inches. Use the gardening fork to break apart any large clods of soil and remove any debris, such as rocks and old roots, from the planting bed.

Step 2

Add a 3-inch layer of compost to the soil and use the gardening fork to mix it to a depth of 8 inches.

Step 3

Dig planting holes to the same depth as the honeysuckle seedlings are currently growing in. The holes should be twice the width of their roots. Place the holes 30 inches apart.

Step 4

Install the support system by pounding it into the soil 6 inches away from the planting hole.

Step 5

Carefully remove the honeysuckle seedlings from their current container and place the roots into the planting holes. Gently pack the soil around the base of each seedling.

Step 6

Soak the planting area with water, to a depth of 4 inches, and keep the soil moist until the seedlings produce new growth.

Step 7

Tie the honeysuckle seedlings to the support system, using soft plant ties, when they reach 6 inches in height. Add more ties for every 6 inches to 1 foot the seedlings grow.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening fork
  • Compost
  • Trowel
  • Trellis or other support system
  • Plant ties


  • Green Zone Life: Honeysuckle
  • University of Florida: Lonicera Japonica
  • "Taylor's Master Guide to Gardening"; Roger Holmes, Rita Buchanan; 2001
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