When you add a honeysuckle vine to a sunny landscape, get ready for energetic vines growing enthusiastically up a vertical support. Because of honeysuckle’s growth rate, some gardeners consider it invasive, although you can control its spread with judicious pruning. Tie up growing honeysuckle vines as they grow long enough to reach a trellis or fence and the vines will quickly acclimate to the growing location and take off with new foliage and blossoms.
Install the trellis or support structure at the planting location before you plant the honeysuckle plant to ensure the trellis does not injure the honeysuckle roots or interfere with the plant. Dig a hole for the trellis and install it into the soil at a depth of 6 to 12 inches. Push the soil firmly around the trellis to anchor it and firm the soil down with your hands.
Dig a small hole for the honeysuckle plant approximately 6 inches away from the trellis. Make the hole deep enough to plant the honeysuckle at the same depth as it was growing in the temporary container. Place the honeysuckle plant into the prepared hole and cover the roots with soil completely.
Pull the longest vines up to the trellis if they will reach easily. If the vines are too short to reach initially, wait until the vines reach the trellis to tie them. Position a plant tie around the trellis from the back of the trellis and pull the ends of the tie around to the front of the trellis. Encircle a vine with the ties to anchor the vine to the trellis and tie the plant tie in a double knot.
Tie as many vies as possible to the trellis to begin training the honeysuckle vine to the support structure, but make sure you space the vines out with 3 to 4 inches between each vine to allow adequate air circulation. As the honeysuckle grows in this vertical fashion, it will need less tying because it will grow around and through the trellis by itself.