How to Transplant Honeysuckle Plants

Updated February 21, 2017

Honeysuckle plants are easy to transplant from one location to another. Since honeysuckles often grow in the wild, transplanting allows you to remove the plants from their native locations -- when allowed -- and into your garden. These easy-to-grow flowering perennials are highly desired as a ground cover and for erosion prevention. Honeysuckles grow up to 3 feet tall and produce a fragrant, nectar-filled flower. Honeysuckle can be grown as a vine or a shrub.

Prune the honeysuckle back to approximately one-third of its size, at least two months before it will be transplanted. Wait to prune until fall, after the plant has gone dormant and all of the leaves have fallen. Remove all of the new growth to the main stems.

Prepare the soil where you want to transplant your honeysuckle. Use a tiller or hoe to loosen the soil 2 feet deep and wide. Mix a 2-inch layer of organic compost into the soil.

Transplant the honeysuckle in late fall. Dig around as much of the root structure as possible. Use a shovel to dig an 18-inch-diameter circle that is 1 foot deep. It is OK if some of the roots are trimmed.

Place the honeysuckle plant into the new hole. Shovel in the native dirt and gently pack it around the plant.

Water the transplanted honeysuckle with at least 2 to 3 inches of water. Water your honeysuckle plants with at least an inch of water every 10 to 14 days.

Apply a 3- to 4-inch layer of mulch at the base of the shrub. This will help hold in moisture and keep weeds from growing.


Do not take honeysuckle from native areas before checking with the property owner.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Hoe
  • Organic compost
  • Pruning shears
  • Mulch
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