Tips for Growing a Honeysuckle Plant
Growing a honeysuckle plant is a fun and easy way to fill your garden with color and fragrance, all while attracting pleasant garden visitors. These plants can be grown as vines, ground covering plants or shrubs. Also known as Lonicera, the honeysuckle plant is a favorite among gardeners because of its nice appearance, great fragrance and ease of growing.
Honeysuckle plants grow quite aggressively in a variety of growing conditions. They tolerate the heat well and can grow with little help from the gardener. You know that it is spring time when the honeysuckles go into full bloom and fill the air with their sweet smell. Honeysuckle plants are also great for attracting garden visitors such as butterflies and hummingbirds. By following some simple guidelines, you will be able to grow honeysuckle plants in just about any growing conditions.
As honeysuckle is a very hardy growing plant, choosing a planting spot is relatively easy. Look for a location that receives full to partial sunlight. The more sunlight your honeysuckle plant gets, the more blooms it will get during the spring and summer. These plants will grow well in a variety of soil conditions, as long as the soil drains relatively well. Standing water in soil is rarely a good thing. It is important to be sure that the last frost of the season has passed before planting any plants. Each plant should have at least a foot between them and the next plant in order to promote proper air flow and resist disease. If you are attempting to grow honeysuckle on a fence or trellis, make sure that the structure is in place before you plant and keep the plant itself at least 8 inches from the support. This gives the plant room to grow. Attach it using a material that will not damage the young growing plant. The best way to attach a plant to a support is by creating a figure eight shaped loop that connects the two.
Help your honeysuckle plants to reach their full blooming potential by replenishing the soil twice a year with an organic balanced fertilizer. A standard 10-10-10 mixture will work just fine. The best times to fertilize are in the spring time and again in early summer. Water young plants frequently to allow their root structures to form, but once the plant is well established it will require only minimal amounts of watering.
Where to Find Honeysuckle
Find honeysuckle plants for your garden is easy. They can be purchased from local garden centers in containers as started plants, or they can be easily grown from root cuttings. To grow a honeysuckle plant from a root cutting, simply cut off an end piece of the vine in the spring time. Look for new growth at the ends of the vines. Cut enough of the vine off so that there are about 4 leaves left on the vine. Remove the two leaves closest to the cut and then place the cutting into some rooting hormone. Honeysuckle can be rooted in soil or in water and will begin to root in about 10 days. Then they are ready to plant in the ground as new plants.
Honeysuckle plants can be pruned into a desired shape after about two years of growth. Some varieties of honeysuckle should be pruned back in the winter to increase the amount of blooms that will appear next season and to keep this fast growing plant under control. Choose your variety of honeysuckle carefully to make sure that you get a plant that will fit into your garden scheme. Some varieties may become invasive while others have lesser blooms. Whatever variety that you choose, planting a honeysuckle plant will fill your garden with the essence of spring.