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How to Grow Honeysuckle

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Overview

Honeysuckle is a plant known for its colorful appearance, medicinal qualities, and fragrance. Honeysuckle can also spread over other plants and attract unwanted pests, such as birds, bees, squirrels, and rabbits. Growing honeysuckle in your garden can be a simple process, but it must be controlled and monitored frequently once it grows. You may not need to prune the plant much unless it spreads to other plants or areas that you don't want it to. Honeysuckle grows best in tropical climates, such as the mainland of Hawaii, and it can be a beneficial addition to a scenic garden.

Step 1

Put up a fence before you grow honeysuckle to prevent garden pests from stealing the seeds or disrupting growth. Make sure the fence is dug at least two inches into the ground and has holes that small animal can't fit through.

Step 2

Dig a hole in your soil that is at least six inches away from your fence. Make your hole two inches deep and wide, and the place your honeysuckle seed in the bottom. Cover the hole with the soil and pour a ½ cup of water of the seed immediately.

Step 3

Continue watering your seedling once or twice a day using a ½ cup of water. Monitor the seedling as it sprouts and never let the soil get too dry. Also, spread mulch near the plant to prevent the roots from becoming frosted in early spring.

Step 4

Wrap an elastic tie around the vine as the plant grows so that the no damage happens to the vine and it doesn't grow at an angle. Make sure the elastic is tight and that the vine is growing straight.

Step 5

Prune whenever necessary by cutting off from ½ inch to 1 inch of the vines during the winter season. Most varieties of honeysuckle don't require pruning and need little. Continue to fertilize around the plant to keep away insects that could destroy the honeysuckle, such as aphids.

Things You'll Need

  • Fence
  • Mulch
  • Fertilizer

References

  • Planting and Caring for Honeysuckle Plants
  • Growing Honeysuckle
  • Honeysuckle
Keywords: grow honeysuckle, growing vine plants, maintaining honeysuckle

About this Author

Greg Lindberg is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in creative writing. His professional writing experience includes three years of technical writing for an agriculture IT department and a major pharmaceutical company, as well as four years as staff writer for a music and film webzine.