How to Care for a Honeysuckle Bush


Honeysuckle plants are hardy climbing vines and shrubs that will infuse your summers with rich scented blossoms. The flowers of the honeysuckle come in shades of white, pink, orange, red and yellow. If you have a climbing vine variety of honeysuckle it will grow well draped over an arbor or trellis. Shrub varieties of honeysuckle make wonderful privacy screens and hedges. With a little care and pruning through the year, your honeysuckle will produce beautiful scented flowers throughout the summer months.

Step 1

In the spring, at the beginning of the growing season, spread a 1- to 2-inch layer of compost at the base of your honeysuckle plant. A 2-foot diameter area is sufficient for smaller bushes; use a 3- to 4-foot diameter area for larger plants.

Step 2

Spread a 1-inch layer of mulch on top of the compost. This will help control weeds and will keep moisture close to the root system.

Step 3

Fertilize at the beginning of the blooming season with a balanced fertilizer. Look for a flower fertilizer that has the numbers 10-10-10 on the side.

Step 4

Water once a week during the hot, dry summer months. Adjust the amount of watering to compensate for rain or extremely dry weather.

Step 5

Fertilize again in middle of the blooming season. Use the same fertilizer you used in the spring growing season.

Step 6

After the blossoms are gone from the plant, prune back your honeysuckle to the shape and size you desire.

Step 7

Before winter, vigorous and invasive species of honeysuckle can be pruned back heavily to control size and growth in the following season.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Mulch
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning Shears


  • National Gardening Association: Honeysuckle
Keywords: climbing vine, flowering vine, privacy fence

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Pricilla Bell has been a freelance copywriter and journalist for five years. She has studied herbal and alternative medicine with noted herbalist Susan Parker. Pricilla Bell is currently pursuing a degree from Boston University. Bell has been working with Demand Studio since March 2009 writing articles about herbal and alternative medicine.