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How to Keep Honeysuckle Blooming All Year

By Barbara Fahs ; Updated September 21, 2017

Honeysuckle (Lonicera) is an easy vine to grow and its abundant flowers will fill your garden with their scent. Honeysuckle thrives in full sun and is drought tolerant after it is mature. It requires little fertilizer. Most varieties of honeysuckle bloom from spring through summer, but if you grow winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) along with your summer-blooming honeysuckle, you can expect to enjoy honeysuckle’s flowers year-round.

Keeping Honeysuckle Blooming all Year

Grow both your summer blooming honeysuckle and your winter honeysuckle in full sun and well-drained soil to ensure they receive the conditions they need.

Fertilize both summer and winter honeysuckle twice each year at the beginning of spring and again in mid summer with a balanced plant food having an N-P-K ratio of 10-10-10.

Feed both honeysuckles a low nitrogen or “blossom booster” fertilizer when they begin their active growth in spring.

Give both honeysuckles sufficient water but allow the soil to dry before you water them again.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Winter honeysuckle plant
  • Summer blooming honeysuckle (Coral Honeysuckle or Lonicera heckrottii are examples)
  • Balanced plant food (10-10-10)
  • Low nitrogen plant food

Tips

  • Winter honeysuckle grows to about 10 feet in height.
  • Winter honeysuckle is cold tolerant, from USDA climate zones 4 through 8.
  • After your winter honeysuckle finishes blooming, you can prune it to the shape you want to keep it under control.
  • Provide a trellis or other means of support to keep the rampant vines of summer honeysuckle contained---winter honeysuckle is a more shrub-like plant.

Warning

  • Avoid planting the vining types of honeysuckle (summer honeysuckle) near small trees or shrubs because it can quickly climb them and cause them to strangle.

About the Author

 

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hi'iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Fahs wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens" and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to "Big Island Weekly," "Ke Ola" magazine and various websites. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master of Arts from San Jose State University.