How to tie up growing honeysuckle vines

Written by whitney coy | 13/05/2017
How to tie up growing honeysuckle vines
Honeysuckle need a trellis or fence to cling to if you want them to climb. (Eduardo Jose Bernardino/iStock/Getty Images)

Honeysuckle is popular with gardeners for its bright and fragrant blooms. Sprouts appear in spring and stay throughout the summer, bringing hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden the entire season. Honeysuckle grows as a clinging vine. It works well on a fence or trellis, but without a support will form a pretty ground cover.

Choose your support. A wooden fence or trellis will work fine. Garden stakes will also hold up a honeysuckle.

Install your supports into the ground before planting your honeysuckle. This will keep you from damaging the delicate sprouts.

Plant the honeysuckle about 30 cm (1 foot) away from the support.

Tie the shoots to the support as soon as they have grown enough to reach. Spread out the shoots so they don't all grow in one direction.

Cut up a pair of nylon tghts into 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide, 30 cm (1 foot) long strips. Use the strips to tie up the vines. Loop the nylon into a figure eight, making sure the fabric twist is placed between the vine and the support. If the support rubs the vine, the plant could become damaged.

Continue to tie up vines as they grow longer, aiming them in the direction you want them to grow. Select the strongest shoots to tie to your support, as those shoots will support the rest of the plant.

Things you need

  • Fence, trellis or other support
  • Nylon tights

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