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How to Keep Honeysuckle Blooming All Year

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Overview

Honeysuckle (Lonicera) is an easy vine to grow and its abundant flowers will fill your garden with their scent. Honeysuckle thrives in full sun and is drought tolerant after it is mature. It requires little fertilizer. Most varieties of honeysuckle bloom from spring through summer, but if you grow winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) along with your summer-blooming honeysuckle, you can expect to enjoy honeysuckle's flowers year-round.

Keeping Honeysuckle Blooming all Year

Step 1

Grow both your summer blooming honeysuckle and your winter honeysuckle in full sun and well-drained soil to ensure they receive the conditions they need.

Step 2

Fertilize both summer and winter honeysuckle twice each year at the beginning of spring and again in mid summer with a balanced plant food having an N-P-K ratio of 10-10-10.

Step 3

Feed both honeysuckles a low nitrogen or "blossom booster" fertilizer when they begin their active growth in spring.

Step 4

Give both honeysuckles sufficient water but allow the soil to dry before you water them again.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid planting the vining types of honeysuckle (summer honeysuckle) near small trees or shrubs because it can quickly climb them and cause them to strangle.

Things You'll Need

  • Winter honeysuckle plant
  • Summer blooming honeysuckle (Coral Honeysuckle or Lonicera heckrottii are examples)
  • Balanced plant food (10-10-10)
  • Low nitrogen plant food

References

  • The Garden Helper
  • Kemper Center/Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Green Zone Life
Keywords: Lonicera fragrantissima, honeysuckle growing, winter blooming

About this Author

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hiā€˜iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Barbara wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens," and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to Big Island Weekly, Ke Ola magazine, GardenGuides.com and eHow.com. She earned her B.A. at UCSB and her M.A. from San Jose State University.