How to Grow and Care for Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle

Quick Overview

Plant Type: Climbers
Family: Lonicera
Sun Exposure: Full sunlight
Watering: Average. well-drained soil
Colors: white, pink, yellow
Size: 12 to 20 ft. tall
Hardiness Zones: 4-10
Soil Type: Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Propagation: by cuttings or seeds
Toxicity: Mildly toxic to children

The honeysuckle plant is a popular vining flower. Both experienced gardeners and amateurs will be familiar with this plant. The unique and bright flower will add a pop of color to your garden. This colorful vine will also give your garden a nice scent.

Selecting the right spot in your garden for the honeysuckle is key to keeping it happy and healthy. Abundant light and a well draining soil are essential for this plant. Caring about the honeysuckle plant is easy, no pruning is needed and you can definitely find a variety adapt to your climate.

Caring for the honeysuckle plant may seem intimidating to some. But, as long as you give your bloom what it needs to thrive, it won’t give you many problems. We will give you all the tips and tricks to successfully grow this plant!

About Honeysuckle

Honeysuckles make great additions to gardens. Their tall vines are perfect for scaling walls and fences. They are adaptable to most weather conditions, making them easy to care for. Depending on what variety you choose, these flowers can come in various colors. The most popular varieties bring pink, orange, yellow, or white flowers. Some flowers can even be multicolored. They can be easy to grow and maintain as long as they are placed in the correct environment. Finding the right mix of water and light will do the trick for your new flower.

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How To Grow Honeysuckle

Selecting the perfect spot in your garden for the honeysuckle is important. They like an area that gets a lot of sun. They also prefer an area that will allow water excess to drain. They like moist soil but can be damaged by overwatering. Location is everything with these flowers. You’ll want to plant it in early spring after any frost has melted.

The steps to growing your plant depends on where you plan to place it. If you are going to grow your plant directly in the soil, you’ll start by digging a hole that is two or three times as wide as the plant itself. Once you have your hole dug out, you will want to start backfilling the soil around to prevent air pockets at the roots. Make sure the hole is as deep as the root ball attached to your plant. You’ll want to make sure your honeysuckle vine has some sort of support. Using a trellis is recommended. Mixing a bag of soil with the natural dirt you are planting it in could be beneficial for the plant’s growth. You’ll finish it off by watering your newly planted honeysuckle thoroughly.

If you are placing your honeysuckle in a container rather than directly in the soil, the steps will be a little different. Choosing a pot that has a large hole for draining is important. You will also want to make sure your pot is big enough for the plant to grow into. Selecting a pot that is about 10 inches wider than the root ball of your honeysuckle will do the trick.

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Propagating

You can propagate your new plant in a few different ways.

  • The most common way is by taking a cutting of your plant. You will cut off a piece of your honeysuckle vine. This should take place in the morning when the plant has gathered the most sap. You’ll cut off about six inches. Make sure your vine is at least two years old or it will not propagate well.
  • Another option is to propagate from seeds. Your seeds can come from your own established vines. They need a cold climate to grow, so plant them in the fall or even start them indoors. You can refrigerate them for 12 weeks with some compost to get the process started.

Honeysuckle Varieties

There are over 200 varieties of honeysuckle flowers. They are native to the northern hemisphere. You can select one that grows on vines, as a shrub, or as a bush. Since most types are tolerable to different climates, selecting your plant based on type and color will be up to you. One of the popular varieties is the trumpet honeysuckle which has pink or red flowers. It is non-invasive and native to North America. Another popular variety is the Japanese honeysuckle which can grow to cover ground in your garden. A more rare but interesting variety is the honeyberry. These sprout blue flowers and grow edible berries!

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Caring For Your Honeysuckle

Watering

Your honeysuckle will need the most water after it is first planted in your garden. After the first drenching, you’ll want to keep the soil moist. It’s important to have enough draining for your honeysuckle. While they enjoy moisture, too much water can cause damage. Do not soak it with water after the first watering. Water only when the soil looks dry.

Pruning Your Honeysuckle

The honeysuckle plant is an easy one to care for. You will not have to do any pruning to maintain it. The only pruning you will do is by choice. If you are unhappy with the growth you can prune the plant. Otherwise, it will be fine without regular prunings. If you would like to prune it, it is safe to do so lightly during any time of year. More intense pruning work should be done in the fall. You’ll also want to be sure to remove any dead or diseased pieces on your honeysuckle.

Fertilizing Your Honeysuckle

You’ll want to give your in-ground plant a slow-releasing fertilizer every spring. They are also happy to receive mulch and compost to help them grow during this season. If your honeysuckle is in a pot, you can give them a slow-releasing fertilizer every spring and summer. You can also try liquid plant food for your potted flower.

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Soil

The soil you select for your honeysuckle is important. They are picky about the type of soil they live in. An organically rich soil that drains well is recommended.  It can’t be stressed enough that these plants do not like soggy soil. They also prefer a more acidic soil. Anywhere in the pH range of 5.5 to 8.0 will make your plant happy.

Light

Light is another important thing to keep in mind when planting a honeysuckle. They prefer a spot that sees full sun. They will survive in a more shaded area, but it is not an ideal place to grow your honeysuckle. Lack of sun will lead to lack of flower blooms.

Climate

The honeysuckle is a versatile plant. With so many varieties, it is likely you will find a honeysuckle that thrives in your climate. They can survive both cool and warm weather conditions. Some varieties handle the cold better than others, so it is crucial to watch it during the winter months. If you live in a colder climate, you can prune your honeysuckle to help protect it from the elements.

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Fun Facts About The Honeysuckle

These plants come in several varieties, but the most popular is the vining flowers. If you are adding a vining honeysuckle to your garden, it is key to provide it with structural support. If it is going to be near a wall or fence, that works as support. If not, you will want to build it a support system. Your build system should be between 6 and 12 feet inches to provide the most support for your new plant.

These plants attract pollinators. Hummingbirds are especially drawn to honeysuckle plants. While they attract helpful critters, they are also deer-resistant. You won’t have to worry about your new blooms being eaten by the deer that pass through your yard.

Honeysuckles are fast growing flowers that bloom every year. While they do grow quickly, it should be noted that it can take up to three years to see them grow to their full potential. To keep it coming back each year, provide it with a sunny spot in your garden and soil that drains well.

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Takeaways

The honeysuckle plant is a popular flower. They come in colorful varieties and can withstand most weather conditions. They are a great flower to grow whether you are an experienced gardener or are just picking up the hobby. They are rather easy to care for and will bloom year after year if given the environment it needs to thrive.

To keep your plant happy, you’ll want to make sure you are planting it in a sunny spot in your garden. Whether you are planting it directly into the ground or growing it in a container, soil is important. Using soil that drains well will keep it blooming for years to come! When planted in the perfect spot, these flowers will return time and time again. Not only will you enjoy the sight and smells of your new honeysuckle plant, you will also enjoy the wildlife they will attract to your yard.

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