How to Start Honeysuckle from Clippings


Honeysuckle is a flowering perennial with a vining growth habit. It is prized for its sweetly scented flowers in hues of white, pink and coral. Honeysuckle cuttings can readily be rooted to propagate the plant and create seedlings for transplanting into the garden when the threat of frost has passed.

Step 1

Clip a length of honeysuckle vine that is at midmaturity between soft green foliage and brown woody stem. Very young limp vines and drier hard wood vines will not root well. Make the length of cutting between 4 and 6 inches with at least three to six healthy leaves. Use clean, sharp secateurs to make the cut just before planting time.

Step 2

Pull at least three leaves from the lower end of the cutting and make a small fresh cut. Wet the cut end with water and dredge it through powdered rooting hormone, covering up to 2 inches on the cutting.

Step 3

Plunge the cut end into a small pot or nursery tray filled with very wet fresh potting medium. Firm the soil around the bottom of the cutting to secure it in an upright position and ensure soil-to-stem contact. Do not water after planting; this will wash away the rooting hormone too rapidly.

Step 4

Keep the soil evenly moist at all times with daily misting, or by watering every few days. Place the cuttings in a location with bright sunlight.

Step 5

Feed the honeysuckle cuttings with a water-soluble liquid plant fertilizer when new growth begins to appear. Dilute the fertilizer with tepid water to 50 percent strength and feed once every four to six weeks thereafter.

Things You'll Need

  • Secateurs
  • Rooting hormone
  • Sterile potting mix
  • Nursery pot or trays
  • Balanced liquid plant fertilizer


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