The Q&A Archives: Training Lonicera

Question: Yesterday I bought a 1 gallon Lonicera Sempervirens 'Magnifica' and I would like to know how to guide it into a trellis. The trellis is around 7 feet wide, and the plant is at the corner of it. Should I guide the new grows following the bottom of the trellis so later on I will have upward growth? Or should I let it grow all the way to the to of the trellis and then to the side?
Should I ever cut it all the way back? Which season?


Answer: The easiest way to train your honeysuckle is to plant it in the center of the trellis, not at one side. This way you can allow it to grow upward and it will fan out as it grows. Failing that, you can train it but remember that its natural tendency is to grow upward, with additional stems emerging from the roots, eventually widening the base of the plant. I would guide a few of the stems along the trellis and allow the remaining stems to grow upward. Since honeysuckles bloom on new shoots, you'll want to encourage new growth by pruning the main stems back in late winter or early spring, just as new growth begins. The stems you train horizontally should sprout new upward growth, especially if you pinch out the tip of the stem (which encourages lateral growth). Hope this information is helpful!

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