Pink honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica), also known as Tatarian honeysuckle, is an attractive vine with deep green leaves and very fragrant, dark pink blooms. It grows from 10 to 12 feet tall and can reach the same size in diameter. Pink honeysuckle spreads quickly and makes an ideal choice for covering unsightly areas. It does best in full sun to part shade and soil that is well-drained. This vine is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture Hardiness Zones 3 through 8.
Dig a hole that is the same depth and slightly larger than the root ball of the pink honeysuckle vine. Place the roots into the hole at the same level they were previously growing and backfill with loosened soil. Pat down firmly to remove air pockets from around the root ball.
Water until the soil feels very moist and add a 2- to 3-inch layer of organic mulch.
Water anytime the top of the soil feels dry during the first growing season. After the plant is well established it will only need watering during very dry conditions.
Train the vine to climb the desired structure when growth begins. Honeysuckle doesn't require very much encouragement; simply drape the new growth over the structure as soon as it is long enough.
Feed with 10-10-10 fertilizer once in very early spring and again when blooms start to appear.
Prune pink honeysuckle in late winter to control the size and shape of the vine.
Things You Will Need
- Garden spade
- Organic mulch
- 10-10-10 fertilizer
- Pruning shears
- Plant pink honeysuckle 2 feet from the desired climbing structure.
- This vine can also be used as a ground cover if left unsupported.
- Leave a space of 2 feet between each vine when planting.
- Pink honeysuckle vine spreads quickly and can become invasive if left unchecked.