Honeysuckle - Knowledgebase Question

Ogden, Ut
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Question by bpettit369
March 2, 2010
Should the honeysuckle vine be pruned? And what time of year?

Answer from NGA
March 2, 2010
Honeysuckle flowers on the new growth of the season and pruning encourages new growth so early in the spring, just as the garden is waking up, is the best time to prune. Honeysuckles in my yard tend to get out of hand so I prune them back hard each spring, completely removing some of the old vines and reducing the height of others. Just cut a stem at ground level and pull it out of the mass of vines. When you have removed from one third to one half of the vines you've probably made a dent in the growth. Trim back the remaining vines by a third to a half and you'll see lots of new growth, both from the roots of the plant and from below the pruning cuts you've made. You'll be rewarded for your labor with tons of flowers. Enjoy!

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