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How to Look After Your Honeysuckle Plants

Updated February 21, 2017

Honeysuckle is fragrant, hardy, and produces flowers that attract hummingbirds and other pollinators. This climbing vine will scale a wall, drape over an arbor, or cling to a trellis. Japanese honeysuckle is the most common form, but there are many varieties native to North America. Honeysuckle requires minimal care throughout the year to flourish, but as with all plants, the more you put into it, the better the plant will look.

Spread a 2-inch layer of compost over the garden bed under the honeysuckle plant. Extend the compost layer from 4 inches from the base of the trunk out 2 to 4 feet. Apply the compost layer to your honeysuckle bed in the spring after the ground has thawed.

Apply a 2-inch layer of mulch on top of the compost layer. Use organic mulch material like pine bark, wood chips, sawdust, leaf mould, shredded leaves or a similar material.

Water honeysuckle with 1 inch of water each week. Adjust the water application levels in wet weather for a total of 1 inch a week.

Prune honeysuckle in the fall after the last flowers are gone. Prune the shrub back to the desired shape and size and remove all dead and broken branches, diseased wood and suckers that are growing from the base of the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Mulch
  • Pruning shears
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About the Author

Eulalia Palomo has been a professional writer since 2009. Prior to taking up writing full time she has worked as a landscape artist and organic gardener. Palomo holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from Boston University. She travels widely and has spent over six years living abroad.