How to Plant Honeysuckles

Honeysuckles can grow as tall twenty feet. image by Ria Hills/


Honeysuckles are extremely fragrant plants that come in a shrub or vine variety. They have trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom from spring until mid-summer. Honeysuckles should be planted in the spring or fall. Since honeysuckles come in different varieties, always follow the instructions that come with your plant, however most honeysuckles can be grown in a similar manner.

Step 1

Choose an area that has full sun or partial shade. The soil should be well draining. Mix in some compost if the soil is too compact.

Step 2

Dig a hole that are that is two to three times as wide as the root ball and only as deep. Space multiple plants between 5 and 15 feet apart, depending on variety. Check the instructions that came with your plants for spacing requirements, which are based on how large the honeysuckles will mature.

Step 3

Take the honeysuckle plant out of the container and place it in the center of the hole. Fill the hole half way with soil and then water. Pat down the soil to remove any air pockets. Fill the hole the rest of the way with soil and then water and pat the soil down again. Add 2 inches of mulch to help the plant retain water and to help control weeds.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Mulch


  • National Gardening Association
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About this Author

Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Photo by: Ria Hills/