How to Prune Dropmore Honeysuckles

Overview

Dropmore honeysuckle is also known as Dropmore scarlet honeysuckle and Lonicera brownie. It is a twining vine with beautiful scarlet flowers. This vine is fast growing and blooms in late spring to early summer. The flowers are moderately fragrant and attract hummingbirds. Dropmore honeysuckle is hardy in zones 4 to 9 and can be grown on a trellis, fence or arbor. It also can be use as a ground cover. Light pruning will be needed to develop its shape after the vine has finished blossoming.

Step 1

Cut off with clean shears, a pruner or lopper any gangly or stray branches after the honeysuckle vine has finished blooming. Deposit the pruned plant material into a compost bin.

Step 2

Prune where needed to maintain the Dropmore honeysuckle's shape and space throughout the growing season. Place the pruned plant material in your compost bin.

Step 3

Prune established Dropmore honeysuckle vines severely to promote new growth or rejuvenate an old or overgrown vine by cutting selected vine and branches back.

Step 4

Cut back one or two vines to ground level or several inches above ground level if the vine has several main trunks or branches. Do this in the fall or early spring.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never put diseased plant material in your compost bin. Make sure the pruning tools are sharp, as ragged cuts provide an entry way for disease.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand pruning shears
  • Lopping shears
  • Pole pruner

References

  • Roberta's Gardens: Cropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle
  • The Garden Helper: Planting, Growing and Caring for Honeysuckle Plants
Keywords: pruning honeysuckle vines, care of dropmore vines, training vine on a trellis

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