Caring For Honeysuckle

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Unlike most other honeysuckles, Hall's tolerates dry conditions very well. Ideally, the plants should get 1 inch of water a week from rain or from a watering system. For information on products see the file on Choosing Watering Equipment

A spring feeding with a general purpose granular fertilizer is all these plants need for the rest of the year. Additional feeding merely over-stimulates the plants. For more information see the file for Fertilizer Products

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Mulching helps control weeds and conserve soil moisture. Covering the soil with a 1 or 2-inch thick layer of leaf mold, shredded bark, or other attractive organic materials helps new plantings get established. For more information see the file on Using Mulch

Hall's Honeysuckles need hard pruning to keep them under control. When the plants are dormant, clip off all suckers and crowded stems, cutting these back to the trunk. In general, shorten the previous year's growth to one or two nodes (the short length of stem between each group of leaves). But don't cut the vine back to the ground or shorten the trunk unless you want to rejuvenate the plants.

The best way to propagate honeysuckle vines is from cuttings of ripe wood. Or, you can divide large shrubs by cutting the root mass apart with a sharp spade.

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