How to Care for Honeysuckle

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Honeysuckle is a type of plant that tends to grow rapidly even if you don't water it. Care for Honeysuckle with help from a landscape designer and horticulture writer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Marci Degman, The Aspiring Gardener, and today we're going to talk about caring for honeysuckle. Now most people who have grown a honeysuckle know that there's very little to growing a honeysuckle. They'll grow wherever they want to and they grow rampantly even if you don't water it or take care of it, it will usually just take off. Now naturally, they're going to look better if they're watered and cared for but the problem with honeysuckle is not usually to get it to grow but to keep it under control. Now, I've got this going up a birdhouse. The first thing you want to do is make sure you don't put a honeysuckle up a building or up any kind of a structure that it could cause problems on the roof or something like that. So I've got it up a post and what I do is I fasten it a little bit as it's growing so it will kind of go up to the birdhouse but as it gets heavier and it's done blooming and it's had a growing season, it's gotten out of control. So all I do is I go in and I choose certain limbs that I don't want, either dead areas, like if I see anything like this with dead twigs I cut that off. This one is getting ready to turn into the berry stage. It's stopped blooming and now it's going to turn into red berries which I actually like. If you don't like the berries you can cut them off. So I'm basically going to go through and prune it and I'll take a certain amount of the long ones. This one is going on the ground. So there's really not a good or a bad way to do it, just get, first all the dead stuff and then just trim back some of the heavy heavy parts that just don't need to be there. And then after that I can refasten it a little bit, get it back under control and then I'll have to do that twice a year to keep it the way I want. That is basically all you need to know about caring for honeysuckle.


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