How to grow honeysuckle from a cutting

Updated November 21, 2016

Honeysuckle reminds many of days gone by when they used to play outside and drink the juice from the blooms as they grew up. If you would like to grow some honeysuckle of your own, there is no need to buy a plant, or even dig up a large shrub. Simple root a cutting of the plant and grow it to get your own small bush.

Clip off a stem of honeysuckle from the main plant. Cut only green wood, not the harder stems that are more mature. Make sure it is a good 5 or 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) long with a few nodules for leaves or blooms. It is best to make your cuttings in spring or early summer.

Remove the leaves from the cut end of the stem, but leave a few on the upper end.

Prepare a small pot with potting soil and make a small hole of about an inch. Use the end of a pencil or your pinky finger.

Dip the cut end of the stem in rooting hormone and allow the excess to drip off.

Insert the cut end of the stem in potting soil and press the soil around it to secure it.

Water the soil until it is damp to the touch and place the pot where it will get some sun. Keep the soil damp as it takes root, but not soggy. It should root in one to two weeks.


You can also root honeysuckle by simply placing the cutting in water. You will need to change out the water every few days so that algae doesn't develop. It should root in two to four weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Rooting hormone
  • Small pot
  • Potting soil
  • Water
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About the Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.