The Q&A Archives: How And When To Prune Honeysuckle

Question: how and when to prune honeysuckle

Answer: Honeysuckle shrubs should be pruned right after they bloom in the spring. The pruning can be as drastic as needed to control size and to shape the plant. Annual pruning would be done to thin the plant by removing a portion of the stems or trunks by cutting them at the base. Shrubs may also be renewal pruned by cutting them to the ground in very early spring; this would be done if the shrub has been neglected for a number of years. Honeysuckle vines can be trimmed right after the main spring bloom as needed to control size. For both types, any dead wood can be removed at any time, although the vines tend to leaf out very late in spring so be a little patient before deciding a portion of the vine is dead.

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