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Honeysuckle Vines


   A honeysuckle vine is easy to grow, vigorous and nearly indestructible. The trumpet shaped fragrant flowers will attract hummingbirds and butterflies all summer long. The fruit produced by a honeysuckle vine will provide food for birds and small mammals during the fall. There are many different types of honeysuckle vines, and each will work in a variety of applications. The most common use for honeysuckle vines is growing along a trellis or fence, but many are also used as ground covers.

   The requirement for care of honeysuckle vines is similar to that of their shrub-like cousins. Some honeysuckle vines are evergreen, while others are deciduous. All honeysuckle vines prefer full sun, but they will tolerate some partial shade. Honeysuckle vines will only need a moderate amount of watering in order to survive. Honeysuckle vines should be planted in the early spring, as soon as the danger of frost has passed.

   The location for planting a honeysuckle vine should be prepared in the same way as any other perennial plant. They vines should be planted a minimum of two feet apart, to allow for these aggressive plants to spread fully. The honeysuckle vine should be watered thoroughly until the plant shows signs of new growth. The plant should be mulched with a thick coat of leaves, to retain moisture and provide the roots with shade.

   Propagation of a honeysuckle vine is very easy to do. The easiest way to spread honeysuckle vines is by rooting. This should be done when new growth starts to appear in the spring. Cut a length of the new, green growth from the end of the honeysuckle vine, ensuring that several sets of leaves are present. The roots of a honeysuckle vine cutting can either grow in potting or rooting soil, or submerged in a vase of water. Once several roots are long and look healthy, it is time to plant the honeysuckle vine.

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