How to Propagate a Honeysuckle Plant

Overview

Honeysuckle is easy to propagate and fun to share with fellow gardeners and horticulture enthusiasts. The richly scented flowers are beautiful draped over a wall or climbing a trellis. There are two easy ways to propagate honeysuckle. The first method involves leaf bud cutting, which can be done in the summer. The shoots then develop roots during the fall and winter and are ready to plant in the ground come spring. The second method is called layering, a method that involves layering the young shoots on the ground. Layering is best accomplished in the early spring when the new shoots are still flexible and vital.

Leaf Bud Cutting

Step 1

Take a section of your existing honeysuckle plant and cut just above where the two leaves meet.

Step 2

Make the second cut below the leaves halfway between the leaf joints and the lower leaves so that you have a stem with a single set of leaves on it.

Step 3

Fill your planting tray or pots with soil and fertilizer. Plant the section of honeysuckle in the soil with the leaves and part of the stem protruding.

Step 4

Place the newly planted stems in a greenhouse or warm environment over the cooler winter months. To insure added warmth, wrap a plastic bag loosely around the plant.

Step 5

In the spring, gradually expose the shoots to the cooler air but prevent them from freezing or being subjugated to frost.

Step 6

Once the threat of frost is past, remove the shoots from their pots and plant in the ground. Plant shoots so that the roots are covered and the stem is exposed.

Layering

Step 1

Take a year-old shoot from an existing honeysuckle vine and, without removing it from the plant, pin the shoot to the ground with wire. The shoot should create a U shape.

Step 2

Cover the lower part of the U shape with soil while leaving the tip of the vine exposed.

Step 3

In the fall, when the shoot has taken root, separate it from the primary honeysuckle vine by cutting the connecting vine close to the ground.

Step 4

Attach the new shoot to a stake when it begins to show signs of growth. As it grows, the stake will train the honeysuckle shoot upwards.

Step 5

In the late fall, dig up the honeysuckle shoot and place it in a pot in a greenhouse or other warm environment for the winter.

Step 6

As the spring warms the soil and the threat of frost is past, plant the honeysuckle shoots in the ground or give away to friends and fellow gardeners.

Things You'll Need

  • Method 1
  • Potting soil
  • Pots
  • Pruning shears
  • Plastic bags
  • Method 2
  • Flexible wire
  • Metal or wooden stakes
  • Pruning shears

References

  • Royal Horticultural Scociety
  • BBC Gardening
Keywords: propagation, shoots, honeysuckle

About this Author

Eulalia Palomo has been a freelance writer since 2009, with her work appearing on various websites. She has studied herbal and alternative medicine and worked as a landscape artist and gardener. Palomo holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from Boston University.