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How to Fertilize Cape Honeysuckle Plant

By Paula Ezop ; Updated September 21, 2017

Cape honeysuckle is native to the Cape of Good Hope area of South Africa. It is an evergreen shrub with lovely red-orange blossoms. When maintained as a shrub it can reach a height of 10 feet and a spread of 5 feet. When left unpruned Cape honeysuckle will act more like a vine and it can spread over 25 feet. It is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Plant Hardiness Zones 9 – 11. In landscape design it is used as a specimen shrub, hedge or climbing vine. Hummingbirds and orioles are attracted to the bright blossoms. The Cape honeysuckle plant should be fertilized during the growing season with a slow-release plant fertilizer.

Purchase a slow-release fertilizer that comes in a shaker-top container. The fertilizer is in the form of small bead-like pellets. This type of slow-release fertilizer is easy to use and produces vigorous growth and flowering.

Apply the fertilizer to the base of the Cape honeysuckle plant by shaking/sprinkling it around the perimeter of the plant. Follow the manufacturer’s directions as to the frequency of application. (Some brands call for applying the slow release fertilizer every 30 or 60 days). If you have mulched your plants you can place the fertilizer right on top of the mulch and it will still be effective.

Sweep away any fertilizer that has gotten on the walkway or patio. Care should always be taken to keep fertilizers away from an area where children and pets are present.

Water the base of the plant to dissolve and distribute the fertilizer. Fertilizer provides the plant with the proper nutrients, which produces a healthy plant with vigorous growth and an abundance of flowers.


Things You Will Need

  • Slow-release fertilizer
  • Water


  • Always be careful when working with fertilizers--wash your gloves and hands after applying fertilizer to plants.

About the Author


Paula M. Ezop’s inspirational column "Following the Spiritual Soul" appeared in "Oconee Today," a Scripps Howard publication. She has published her first book, "SPIRITUALITY for Mommies," and her children's chapter book, "The Adventures of Penelope Star," will be published by Wiggles Press. Ezop has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern Illinois University and has been writing for 10 years.