How to Grow and Care for Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is known for its tubular shape, nicely scented flowers. They’re fantastic for accenting walls and sides of buildings, adding another component of personality. Honeysuckles perform best when they’re overflowing, flowering tops are mostly in sunlight or just lightly shaded. While deer don’t eat Honeysuckle, Hummingbirds and other wildlife love to consume it.

Below, you can learn more about what Honeysuckle is and tips to effectively grow them in your yard.

What’s Honeysuckle?

Honeysuckle is a heat tolerant plant that can thrive in almost any environment. It’s leaves has varying colors of deep green, and it gives off an incredibly sweet scent. Honeysuckles can grow as far-reaching vines or shrubs.

The color variety is incredibly wide, along with the amounts of animals and insects it attracts. Butterflies, Hummingbirds, and Bees are most notably drawn to the Honeysuckle plant. They all enjoy the small red berries that populate when the flowers bloom. If properly tended to, the flowers can bloom multiple times throughout the growing season.

Tips for Planting Vines and Shrubs

When to Plant

You can begin to plant Honeysuckle in early spring after any threat of frost has passed. Being in Minnesota, however, you may have to be more confident than more temperate states.

Where to Plant

Pick a sunny spot where the soil is moist and excess water can drain.

Soil Type

Plant your Honeysuckle in organically rich and well-drained soil. It must be moist, but never soggy. Honeysuckles perform best in soil that ranges from 5.5 to 8.0 on the pH scale.

Installing Supports

If you want Honeysuckle to climb, you’ll need a structure for it to grow. You can opt for structures such as a trellis, pole, or fence. All of this should be done before the Honeysuckle is planted. Once set up, plants should be about 6 to 12 inches from the support.

Caring for Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle plants should be well watered and mulched. Avoid overusage when possible. Keep everything moist and damp, but never too soggy, and be sure to add layers of compost each spring. Along with the composting, use a low-nitrogen fertilizer and organic plant food to ensure your Honeysuckle grows to its maximum potential.

There you have it. With just a bit of consideration and regular care, Honeysuckles can be a welcome addition to your garden. Happy Planting!

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