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Growing Honeysuckle

Red Honeysuckle FlowerGrowing honeysuckle is a fun and easy activity for any gardener. Honeysuckle is relatively easy to care for, if the proper conditions are given. Most honeysuckle plants require full sun, yet some will tolerate partial shade. Honeysuckle plants also need a good amount of moisture in the soil to thrive, but standing water may cause rot. The best thing to do when growing honeysuckle is to mulch heavily near the base of the plant. This will allow the soil to maintain moisture and also provide shade for the root system.

Growing should be done in a location with a good amount of soil drainage. While they are drought tolerant, growing honeysuckle plants do need a good deal of moisture in order to grow properly. They should be watered regularly to ensure that the soil is moist. Growing honeysuckle plants can be done in just about every region of the world, as there are some that grow in dry, arid areas, and others that will grow in Arctic Russia..

Another important aspect of growing honeysuckle is how and when to prune. Pruning honeysuckle differently will result in different bloom times and quantities. Honeysuckle should all be pruned in late February to March, removing any dead or weak stems, as the plants will generally only flower on new growth. Care throughout the growing season will then differ depending on how and when the particular honeysuckle blooms, and how long the bloom period lasts.

2 thoughts on “Growing Honeysuckle”

  • Sandra zulawinski
    Sandra zulawinski July 25, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Since honeysuckle climbs, will plants grow down a bank if planted at the top?

    • Chris Link

      Hi Sandra, yes you can plant honeysuckle at the top, and let it cascade down a bank or rock wall. It makes an excellent backdrop to other plants and landscaping!

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