Honeysuckle’s bewitching fragrance and delicate, tube-shaped flowers make it a classic addition to the garden. This familiar vine is quite hardy and easily grown in a wide variety of soils and climates. Many cultivars are available, with many different flower colors, habits and cultural requirements. Some species are even North American natives, specifically adapted to the conditions of their particular region. Honeysuckle vine is best propagated by a simple process called layering. With a little patience, you can successfully propagate a whole new crop of plants from your favorite honeysuckle vine.
Choose a long, healthy branch of a honeysuckle vine in late spring or early summer. Use a sharp knife to gently nick the outer bark of the vine about a foot from the growing tip, leaving it attached to the parent plant.
Apply a small amount of rooting hormone powder onto the cut with the cotton swab, using care not to inhale the powder or get it on your skin.
Fill a 4-inch pot with potting soil and bury it a few inches deep in the ground, within reach of the cut section of the vine.
Bend the 4-inch piece of wire in half to make a pin, and press it down to secure the cut portion of the vine to the soil in the pot.
Moisten the soil in the pot and cover it with two inches of organic mulch.
Wait three to four months, and then carefully check the pot for roots. When the vine is well rooted, remove it from the parent plant by snipping the parent vine with pruning shears a few inches above the newly established root system.
Keep the pot evenly moist in a partially shaded location until it fills with roots and your new honeysuckle vine is ready to be transplanted into a larger pot or the ground.
Things You Will Need
- Sharp knife
- Rooting hormone powder
- Cotton swab
- 4-inch piece of wire
- Potting soil
- 4-inch pot
- Organic mulch
- Pruning shears
- Build a trellis, or train your vine on a fence because, once established, honeysuckle will grow quite rapidly.
- Locate honeysuckle near bedroom windows or patios to enjoy its lovely fragrance in the cooler hours of the evening.
- Look for attractive native honeysuckles at your local nurseries specializing in native plants.
- Consider drought-tolerant honeysuckles, like white honeysuckle (Lonicera albiflora) and goldflame honeysuckle (L. heckrottii) for water-wise gardens.
- Plant trumpet honeysuckle (L. sempervirens) to attract hummingbirds with its coral-colored flowers.
- Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) is an extremely invasive vine that displaces native species, is very difficult to remove and should never be planted. This honeysuckle can be distinguished from other cultivated varieties by its black seeds and white flowers which fade to yellow.