How to Root Honeysuckle


Honeysuckle is a versatile vine that will grow in nearly any condition and will provide colorful blooms from early summer until the first freeze. You can root most vines by layering, and honeysuckle is one of the easiest of all. Layer a honeysuckle vine in early spring, when the vine is tender and flexible.

Step 1

Choose a long honeysuckle branch that is fairly close to the ground. Bend it over so that it touches the ground about six to nine inches from the tip of the stem.

Step 2

Anchor the stem where it touches the soil. You can do this with a piece of wire bent in a "U" shape or simply by weighing it down with a rock.

Step 3

Lift the vine carefully every couple of weeks to see if it has rooted. When it has, just snip the new, layered plant from the parent plant with garden shears and remove it with a shovel or trowel. Plant the new honeysuckle vine in its new location.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be careful about propagating wild honeysuckle because they are often invasive plants. Many types of wild honeysuckle are on a list of illegal noxious and invasive weeds that can do serious damage to the natural landscape. If in doubt, check with your local agricultural extension agent.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden shears
  • Wire or rock
  • Shovel or trowel


  • Propagating Honeysuckle Vine
  • Propagation by Layering
  • Gardening: Propagating Your plant
Keywords: honeysuckle vine, layering, parent plant

About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.