How to Prune Hardy Honeysuckle


Honeysuckle can be a blessing or a curse on a landscape or in a garden, as it is fragrant, grows easily and can provide coverage; but is also very difficult to prune or remove completely. If you keep it under control by pruning to maintain its height, growth and health, caring for hardy honeysuckle shouldn't be a problem. There are some key tips to keep in mind when pruning hardy honeysuckle shrubs.

Step 1

Prune hardy honeysuckle when it's dormant, during winter. You can prune honeysuckle after blooming has occurred, if it is growing out of control. Use the pruning shears on thicker branches (more than 2 inches) and the scissors for smaller branches and vines.

Step 2

Prune back any broken, diseased or dead stems from the honeysuckle, along with any stems that are growing away from the support system or that are tangled with other plants. Use a ladder if necessary.

Step 3

Prune back the entire top half of the hardy honeysuckle, so there is only about two feet left of the plant from the base. Cut back to the lateral bud (a bud growing from a side node on a branch) that is within two feet of the ground. Leave older growth so more flowers will be produced the next season.

Step 4

Water the honeysuckle generously after pruning, as it will be dehydrated. After watering, apply about two inches of mulch around the base to retain the water.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Pruning shears
  • Pruning scissors
  • Ladder, if needed
  • Water
  • Mulch


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  • Tips For Pruning Shrubs
  • Caring For Honeysuckle
Keywords: pruning flowering shrubs, trimming honeysuckle, hardy honeysuckle care

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