Growing 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.
Planting honeysuckle is easy, as they generally require no aftercare to thrive, aside from occasional pruning. Once a suitable site is selected, the hole should be dug large enough for the root system to spread out. The roots should be only a few inches underneath the surface of the soil, as they require air to grow properly. Once in place, the plant should be watered.
Plant these bushes in an area of moist, alkaline soil for best results. This is not required, however, as varieties of honeysuckle will grow in dry or acidic soil as well. They can be planted just about anywhere that has full sun, although some will survive in areas of partial shade. The hardiness of honeysuckle will depend on the species or cultivar. When planting honeysuckle vines, there should be a trellis or fence to climb, and they climb by twining. This means that they will not be able to climb a wall that does not have anything to twine around.
Planting honeysuckle is usually done in the early spring, to allow the root system to strengthen enough for the coming winter. Honeysuckle may need to be pruned after they are planted. This should also be done in early spring or late winter, removing old and dead growth, as honeysuckle will flower on new growth only. Some species of honeysuckle should be pruned in early winter, after the first frost. Ask a garden center about when and how to prune specific honeysuckle.