The Q&A Archives: Honeysuckle That Doesn't "twine"

Question: I have a Lonicera Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle vine planted next to a fence, and I stapled wire on the fence for the plant to "twine" on. The plant doesn't seem to "twine", it just sprawls along the ground. Growing very well, but not attaching itself to the wire/fence - ?? Any suggestions ?

Answer: This vine scrambles and can be trained to climb a support by tucking the growing tips through an open mesh or trellis type of support. Once it has begun to climb it will tangle itself more or less upward naturally.

If your wire consists of only vertical strands, you will need to add some crosswise supports as well. Also, there should be some space between the wire and the fence so that there is room for the vine; it will thicken somewhat with age. Finally, in the beginning of training to a fence it is natural for the vine to grow towards the brightest light, so this may also be contributing to its need to sprawl rather than climb. Regular attention to directing the new growth in behind/through the supports will help it reach the top of the fence, once it is that tall it should scramble along the top without extra help. Enjoy your honeysuckle!

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