How to Plant Honeysuckle


Honeysuckle vines are happily twining climbers that enjoy sun, and will return every year to give vertical interest to your summer garden. Attractive bright green foliage mellows to a bluish hue as hallmark red or purple trumpet shaped blooms open to reveal a bright yellow or orange center. Colors and characteristics can vary amongst species, but planting honeysuckle vines requires just a few steps for a healthy start with any variety.

Step 1

Choose a location in full sun. Honeysuckles can survive in part to full shade, but flowering will be reduced.

Step 2

Prepare the soil for good drainage, which is essential for honeysuckle development. Cultivate the soil with organic matter, such as compost, to a depth of about 1 foot. If your soil is particularly poor, add about 1 cup of 5-10-5 fertilizer and mix into soil at this stage. The fertilizer will help the plant establish roots and promote flowering.

Step 3

Create a trellis for the honeysuckle to climb. As a twining vine, the climber will send out tendrils to grab onto the structure and pull itself up to a height of 20 feet or more depending on the species. University of Missouri Extension expert Ray R. Rothenberger of the Department of Horticulture suggests copper or aluminum wire and cedar or redwood posts as appropriate outdoor support materials.

Step 4

Plant honeysuckle vines in the spring. Be sure to plant the vine close to the support you created for it so that the tendrils will adhere easily. Water well after planting and keep soil moist, but do not allow the roots to stand in water or become soggy.

Step 5

Pinch back developing stem tips during the early stages of growth to create fuller, more even growth up the support.

Things You'll Need

  • Honeysuckle vine starts
  • Trowel
  • Organic matter
  • 5-10-5 fertilizer


  • Clemson University Cooperative Extension, Vines
  • University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Plant of the Week Trumpet Honeysuckle
  • University of Illinois Extension HortAnswers: Honeysuckle, Woodbine

Who Can Help

  • University of Missouri Extension, Selecting Landscape Plants: Ornamental Vines
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