Honeysuckles (Lonicera sp.) are a versatile group of vines and shrubs that provide color and interest to home gardens. Honeysuckles are hardy plants and require minimal care once established in your home garden; the colorful plants benefit from a light application of fertilizer to promote healthy foliage and root development at the start of the growing season. Choosing the proper planting site, providing regular maintenance and applying a general garden fertilizer annually is important to maintain healthy, vibrant honeysuckles in your home garden.
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Plant honeysuckles in areas that have well-drained soils and full sunlight to promote healthy growth. A healthy growing environment reduces the need for regular supplemental fertilization, and well-drained soils allow fertilizer to penetrate the soil and easily reach the roots.
Apply a general fertilizer around the base of the vine in early spring to promote new growth. Standard garden mixtures of granular or liquid formulas work well and provide the nutrients needed to spur growth in your honeysuckle vines.
Cover the fertilizer with a 2- to 3-inch layer of organic mulch such as compost or pine bark. A layer of mulch helps maintain soil moisture and keeps the fertilizer in place so that the plant can utilize it through the growing season. In addition, mulch helps prevent weeds from growing and using up the fertilizer intended for your honeysuckle.
Water thoroughly after applying the fertilizer to help transport the fertilizer through the soil to the roots. Water honeysuckle plants during periods of drought throughout the growing season to facilitate fertilizer uptake and healthy growth.
Avoid planting or fertilizing Japanese honeysuckles (Lonicera japonica) since they are an invasive species in many States, and will overrun your home garden if fertilized.