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Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Apr 30, 2013 12:55 PM CST
I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, so forgive me if it's not.

I have a honeysuckle vine that I planted two years ago. I'm very sorry, but I do not know the name. The tag disappeared, but it's red and orange. I'm getting ready to move, and would like to take some cuttings off of it, but I'm not sure if that would work. I'd dig it up, but I'm afraid it might die.

Anyone know if I can root cuttings? Thanks for any help!
Natalie
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Apr 30, 2013 7:17 PM CST
This website says it's really easy to propagate honeysuckle vine from cuttings. And it has some information on some of the varieties:
http://www.thegardenhelper.com/honeysucklecare.html
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Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Apr 30, 2013 9:11 PM CST
Thanks woofie!!! I'll give it a try since the site said it was easy! As soon as I saw the name Goldflame, I remembered that it is the one that I have. It's gorgeous!
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Apr 30, 2013 9:13 PM CST
Oh, cool! Glad that site was helpful. Good luck with those cuttings! Smiling
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Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Apr 30, 2013 10:42 PM CST
Thanks! I don't always have the best luck with cuttings, but I'm always willing to try! I'm just glad that the site said it was easy!
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Apr 30, 2013 10:50 PM CST
Layering is a good way to propagate honeysuckle.

http://www.ndsu.edu/pubweb/chiwonlee/plsc368/student/papers0...
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Name: Dan Long
Athens GA, USA (Zone 8a)
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Brushwood
May 1, 2013 1:59 PM CST
I agree with Horntoad. If you have the time, go ahead and try layering. if not, they aren't too hard by cutting. I haven't read the article but i can tell you it will be best if you water the plant the night before and take the cuttings first thing in the morning while they have lots of water. Use clean, sharp bypass pruners. Hormone powder is helpful but not necessary for most Lonicera.
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Name: Natalie
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Natalie
May 1, 2013 2:43 PM CST
Dan & Jay, thanks for the info. I have no time for layering. We're moving really soon, probably in less than a month. It's only been in the ground a couple of years, so I could probably dig it up, but I'm afraid I'll kill it. I'd rather leave it than kill it. My problem is that we went on vacation out of state at the end of January, and loved the area we were in so much that we bought a house. Now I have to sell the house I'm at now. I sure wasn't planning on moving when I bought that honeysuckle, or any other plants that I have!
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LindaTX8
May 1, 2013 2:44 PM CST
Odd. That site Jay gave has a picture for Lonicera sempervirens that looks nothing like the one I have...or any of that I've seen, for that matter. Good luck with propagation, Natalie! I haven't propagated any honeysuckle, but might try it one of these days, since it's supposed to be easy. I'm trying to use layering to propagate a St. John's Wort, no success so far.
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Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
May 1, 2013 3:05 PM CST
I've had tremendous success with layering of Spirea. I've got several planted off the patio, and every winter, snow falls off the roof and squishes it. Every spring, I have new plants! That's the only thing I've ever started from layering, and it wasn't even me who did the work!
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Name: Dan Long
Athens GA, USA (Zone 8a)
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Brushwood
May 1, 2013 4:02 PM CST
Squish Layering. I love it!
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
May 1, 2013 4:05 PM CST
Thanks for that suggestion, Dan! I have a potted plant that needs some trimming back, so I thought I'd root a few cuttings while I'm at it. Watering the night before and then taking the cuttings first thing in the morning sounds like a really good plan! Unfortunately, my bypass pruners are neither clean nor sharp. Clean, I can fix. Sharp, not so much. Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
May 1, 2013 4:43 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing woofie! Sounds like my pruners!

Dan, I was so worried about the Spirea after I saw it the first winter, with 4 or more feet of snow on it, but when I realized that I had many more plants growing the following Spring, it wasn't so bad after all!
Natalie
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
May 28, 2013 9:31 PM CST
Well, the honeysuckle didn't survive the trip. It got squished somewhere along the way. The two pots were upside down, and the honeysuckle was on the opposite side of the truck and dried out by the time I found it. I think the garden gnome that I stuck in the back with the plants was messing with me because the drive was taking too long! Rolling on the floor laughing Oh well. I'll find one to replace it, so I'm not at all worried about it. At least the rest of the plants did fine. Now if I can figure out where to plant them, everything here in Idaho will be perfect!
Natalie

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