The Q&A Archives: Honeysuckle

Question: I have two new young honeysuckle vines which I plan to train up and over a trellis. What should I be doing this Fall and or Spring in the way of trimming and should I be fertilizing and if yes, with what?

Answer: Honeysuckles are not terribly demanding plants, so assuming you prepared the soil well at planting time there is not too much to do now. You might top dress them with a layer of compost and/or well aged stable manure/bedding this fall and maintain a few inches of organic mulch around the root zones year round. Early next spring, give them some more compost or manure and some balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) according to the label instructions.

Pruning would be limited with such young vines, generally simply direct them in the direction you want them to grow. Some honeysuckles (L. heckrotti types) bloom on new growth and can be pruned gently as needed. Others, such as L. sempervirens, bloom primarily on the previous year's wood and should only be pruned immediately after the main blooming flush. Enjoy your vines!

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