How to Prune Dropmore Honeysuckle


Dropmore honeysuckle is a climbing shrub with vibrant-colored flowers that range from dark red to yellow. Dropmore honeysuckle is hardy in USDA zones 4 to 10. It can handle nearly any soil type and can also handle full or partial sun. As a climbing shrub, dropmore honeysuckle grows quickly, nearly 6 feet a year. Pruning dropmore honeysuckle will keep its shape in check and allow for more blooms in the spring.

Step 1

Remove any remaining flowers. Trim away dead and damaged foliage at the base of the wood. This keeps the dropmore honeysuckle healthy.

Step 2

Cut off all protruding side shoots at the base to keep the honeysuckle's shape. Remove between half and two-thirds of the side shoots.

Step 3

Cut the top off of the honeysuckle to about 5 or 6 feet. Untangle any of the vines and remove them from the plant.

Step 4

Dispose of all the pruning cuts in a compost bin or the trash.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not prune dropmore honeysuckle's healthy buds, as this may decrease flowering. Do not compost diseased wood from a dropmore honeysuckle, as it may spread the disease to other plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears


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Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance for over a year and her focus' are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Hollan taught English in Japan. She has a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.