Plant propagation helps a gardener create new plants at little or no expense. By taking a simple stem cutting from a healthy honeysuckle vine during the growing season, you can make a whole new plant. Select a healthy specimen from the honeysuckle vine and prepare it carefully to propagate a new plant. Within a few weeks, the new honeysuckle vine will be ready to plant in a permanent growing area.
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Things you need
- Potting soil
- 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inch) plant pot
- Misting bottle
- Pruning shears
- Rooting hormone
- Plastic bag
- Rubber band
Prepare a rooting container by filling it to the top with potting soil. Mist the surface of the potting soil with the misting bottle to moisten the soil.
Select a vine on the honeysuckle plant that is actively growing, exhibiting tender growth. Cut a stem from the vine, removing the top 15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 inches) of the vine with the pruning shears.
Trim the honeysuckle cutting with the pruning shears. Cut the stem off 2.5 cm (1 inch) above a leaf joint and make another cut at the midway point, between the top leaf joint and the next lowest leaf joint. This will produce a stem with one pair of leaves on it.
Dip the bottom 2.5 cm (1 inch) of the stem into rooting hormone and insert the stem into the centre of the moist potting soil.
Place the plastic bag over the container and secure the bag to the container with the rubber band.
Tips and warnings
- Mist the potting soil every day to keep it moist. When you see new growth on the stem, you can assume roots are forming beneath the potting soil. Remove the plastic bag and continue to keep the soil moist while the new honeysuckle plant grows stronger and larger.
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