How to Create a Honeysuckle Ecosystem


Honeysuckle is a vigorous, hearty vine that grows well in temperate, sunny locations. The vine brings with it lush, highly fragrant flowers that bloom in pinks, purples, yellows and whites and lasts from spring into the summer. The large tubular flowers attract birds, bees, hummingbirds and wasps, which pollinate the honeysuckle flowers and any other flowers in the area. To encourage this ecosystem effect, plant honeysuckle in the right conditions and do what you can to nurture the natural environment.

Step 1

Choose the right location for honeysuckle, which does best with full sunshine and rich, loose soil that drains effectively. Honeysuckle will tolerate some shade, but always requires an arbor, trellis or wall to support its vining growth. Mix a combination of half quick-draining soil and half compost into the site before planting to increase moisture retention in the soil.

Step 2

Plant honeysuckle 6 to 12 inches from the base of the structure you plan to use for support and water the plant with 1 to 2 inches of water every four days. Spread 1 inch of organic mulch over the soil to maintain soil moisture and monitor the soil consistently to make sure it's not drying out. Be particularly diligent with watering during extended dry spells, since honeysuckle will fail in dry conditions.

Step 3

Place hummingbird feeders in the vicinity to draw hummingbirds and count on local bees to discover the honeysuckle when it's blooming. If you're not seeing adequate insect activity, purchase beneficial insects like ladybugs and lacewing moths or wasps at a home-and-garden shop and release them into your honeysuckle ecosystem. Honeysuckle may draw aphids and spider mites, but predators like ladybugs and wasps will control aphid populations.

Things You'll Need

  • Quick-draining soil
  • Compost
  • Arbor/wall/trellis
  • Hummingbird feeders
  • Mulch


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