Friday, September 2, 2011

Honeysuckle Vines Growing Tips

Honeysuckle is a fast growing evergreen vine that is eye appealing gown on trellis, walls, chain link fences, rock wall and on mailboxes. The trumpet shaped flowers are highly fragrant and bloom continually during spring and summer. Hummingbirds, butterflies and bees are attracted to the sweetly scented flowers. 

If you love wildlife then I would recommend growing a honeysuckle.   Honeysuckle is available in 150 varieties and you can choose from white, pink, red and yellow flowers.   

Growing tips for honeysuckle vines:
Get the garden site ready for planting by removing the grass, weeds and rocks. Turnover the soil with tiller or shovel. Add some compost or manure to your soil.
Japanese honeysuckle is invasive

Plant the honeysuckle the same depth as the nursery pot. Allow eighteen inches in-between plants. Place a trellis directly behind the vine. 

Water the plants thoroughly. Keep the soil evenly moist throughout the growing season. Do not allow the soil to dry out. It takes two years to establish the vines in your garden. Once established the honeysuckle is drought tolerant.

  • If you have a slope in your yard where it is hard to mow then grow the trumpet honeysuckle as it will quickly cover the ground and it will control erosion.
  • Prune the honeysuckle in the autumn or when the flowers stop blooming.
  • Watch the honeysuckle vine so that it does not choke your other plants. The honeysuckle has an entwining growing habit and if left unattended it can become intrusive.
  • Honeysuckle is deer resistant
  • Some honeysuckles produce a fruit.  This fruit is forage for bluebirds, cardinals and other birds.
  • Grow is USDA Zones 4 to 9
  • Fertilize the honeysuckle in the spring after the danger of frost has past. Feed with an all purpose fertilizer 10-10-10 or 20-10-10.
Here is a video on growing tips for Mexican honeysuckle:

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