How to Winterize Honeysuckle


Sweet-smelling honeysuckle is easy to grow and care for, and it is almost indestructible. If taken care of, honeysuckle provides a wonderful vine with flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Winterizing honeysuckle is quite simple.

Step 1

Determine which type of honeysuckle you have. For spring bloomers, do not prune the honeysuckle in the fall, as this will promote new growth. The new growth will not be able to withstand cold winter conditions and will damage the honeysuckle vine. Prune fall bloomers in January or February.

Step 2

Spread a thick layer of mulch around the base of the honeysuckle vine to protect it from winter conditions.

Step 3

Prune honeysuckle plants that bloom in the spring right after blooming. Cut the dead vines back until you see green limbs at a 45-degree angle.

Step 4

Move container plants to a southern location near the home's foundation or into a garage or cellar that is unheated. If moved indoors, water the honeysuckle every ten days.

Step 5

Do not fertilize honeysuckle from September until new growth is detected in the spring.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Mulch


  • Garden Helper

Who Can Help

  • Web Extension
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About this Author

Cathy McClellan has five years' experience in newsprint as an assistant editor and is a freelance writer. She has 20 years' experience working in the medical field and is currently licensed as a Texas Insurance Representative. She also has many years in home improvement and gardening.