How to Root Honeysuckle Clippings

Overview

Honeysuckles are vigorous vines that can grow just about anywhere with very little assistance and will gracefully climb a trellis, fence or wall. The flowers are bright and splashy, and their sweet aroma will make butterflies and hummingbirds very happy. Take a cuttings after the first hard frost in late autumn or early winter.

Step 1

Clean pruning shears before you begin by wiping them with rubbing alcohol. Fill a planting tray with a mixture of half perlite and half peat moss.

Step 2

Cut several stems from a healthy honeysuckle vine with pruning shears. The cuttings should be about the diameter of a pencil and approximately 6 inches long.

Step 3

Remove the leaves from the bottom inch of the cuttings, and then dip the cut ends in rooting hormone. Plant the cuttings in the planting tray just deep enough that they will stand upright. Mist the soil until it's damp but not soaked.

Step 4

Cover the tray with a clear plastic bag and set it in a sunny area. Don't put it in direct sun, or in a windowsill, which will magnify the sunlight through the plastic and burn the cutting.

Step 5

Remove the plastic when the honeysuckle cutting takes root, which can vary from two to four months. When they have at least an inch of root, plant each honeysuckle in its own 4-inch pot. To determine if the cuttings have rooted, lift one carefully with your fingers, and then replace it.

Step 6

Put the repotted cuttings in indirect light and keep the soil moist until spring. After danger of frost is over, the honeysuckles can be planted outside.

Tips and Warnings

  • Contact your local agricultural extension before attempting to propagate any wild honeysuckle. Many types of wild honeysuckles are invasive and are illegal to propagate because of the damage they can do to agricultural areas, forests, waterways and recreation areas.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Planting tray
  • Perlite
  • Peat moss
  • Rooting hormone
  • Spray bottle
  • Clear plastic
  • 4-inch pots

References

  • Savvy Gardener: Growing Garden and Landscape Plants from Cuttings at Home
  • Marco News: Gardening - Propagating Your Plant
  • Invasive.org: Invasive Species 101 - An Introduction to Invasive Species
Keywords: honeysuckle vine, hardwood cutting, pruning shears

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.