How to Care for Honeysuckle Vines


If you are looking for a plant to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, then the honeysuckle vine is the right choice. The fruit of the honeysuckle flower will also provide food for the local songbirds. Honeysuckle vine is easy to grow, requires little maintenance and is hard to kill. The flowers provide a beautiful backdrop of yellow, white or red. The vine will climb a trellis, fence or wall or it can be left to provide a colorful spring ground cover. These flowering vines are hardy in gardening zones 4 through 9.

Step 1

Tie the vine to the fence, trellis or arbor, if you haven't already. Tie loosely so you don't damage the growing vine. The ties can be removed once the vine is trained to climb your structure.

Step 2

Water to keep the soil moist when the vine is young. Once established, water when the soil starts to dry at the surface. Do not allow the roots to sit in standing water.

Step 3

Apply a balanced fertilizer once a month or you can use a slow-release fertilizer in the spring and again midsummer. Follow the manufacturer's direction on the amount of your particular fertilizer.

Step 4

Mulch with 2 inches of pine needle or bark mulch in mid to late spring to retain moisture and protect the roots. You might need to apply another 2 inches of mulch in late fall to keep the roots warmer over the winter, depending on your weather conditions and the breakdown of the mulch already in place.

Step 5

Prune back the vine to control and to shape it in late fall. Do not prune at all during the first two years.

Step 6

Cut a new shoot about 5 inches long in the spring. Remove all but a few leaves and dip the cut end in rooting hormone. Plant it in good quality potting soil or place it in a vase of water until roots form. Then you can plant out your new honeysuckle vine at least 3 feet from the established one.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber or cloth ties
  • 10-10-10 fertilizer
  • Mulch
  • Pruning shears
  • Rooting hormone
  • Potting soil


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Dale DeVries is a retired realtor with 30 years of experience in almost every facet of the business. DeVries started writing in 1990 when she wrote advertising and training manuals for her real estate agents. Since retiring, she has spent the last two years writing well over a thousand articles online for Associated Content, Bright Hub and Demand Studios.