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04/07/2012 at 17:36

hi can anyone tell when i cantake honeysuckle cuttings and any tips


04/07/2012 at 17:44

I find layering is the simplest way to propagate honeysuckle

I'd do it now - conditions are ideal (well they're ideal here in the Eastern UK) damp and warm, and the honeysuckles are growing well and the shoots are nice and flexible.

04/07/2012 at 17:46

nice one Dovefromaabove  many thanks

04/07/2012 at 17:48

Ive very successfully taken cuttings from various honeysuckle. What I do is take a soft cutting about 8inches or so, nip any flower off, take at least 8 of them have a pot ready with a mix of sand and compost and poke the cuttings round the edge of the pot about half the cutting in. I didnt put a bag over them I made sure they were damp and left them in a cool area of the garden checking them after about six weeks. Give them a gentle tug if theyve formed roots they wont pull out.  Good Luck

04/07/2012 at 17:52

Cheers weejenny

04/07/2012 at 19:57


You can cut above a pair of leaves and then make a lower cut about halfway between the leaf joints (I think this is called a double eye leaf bud cutting) then dip the end of the stem into rooting powder or gel. Cuttings should be taken when the plant is growing well - about now, really. As weejenny says, put them in well-drained soil to root and keep the cuttings in shade but keep moist. They root well kept inside the house, too, because of the extra warmth. I usually put a plastic bag over the top and tie it to keep moisture in myself. Apparently, you can also root them in water, though I've never tried it. You take a long cutting and put the bottom 8 invhes in water, change the water every three days and it is supposed to m ake roots in about a fortnight. Think I'll try it this year, actually.

04/07/2012 at 20:49

I took some cuttings about a week ago using the above methods and so far they are still alive...... although I didn't use rooting powder, didn't put a plastic bag over but did put them in the greenhouse.   I think I might try popping some cuttings in water too as that sounds a good idea to try (thank you Gardening Grandma)   Good luck 4711 with your cuttings.

06/07/2012 at 16:26

cheers all many thanks

24/05/2013 at 19:25

I'm going to try all thes e methods

thankyou all


24/05/2013 at 21:34

I've succeeded in taking a cutting from a winter-flowering honeysuckle (turns out to be a shrub, not a climber, and I'd planted it under a trellis  ) by chopping off a 2-foot section, stripping the outer bark from the bottom few inches and stabbing it a foot deep into the soil behind the compost heap. It was a spur-of-the-moment thing. I was actually trying to disentangle the plant so I could relocate it.

Also successful: Late Dutch growing up the fence, two pieces cut off, dunked in water to make sure they were fully loaded and not going to dry out too quickly and then shoved into a pot of compost. I added a little tray of water and five bits of cane around the outside, put a clear plastic bag over them and taped it into place, cut a tiny hole in the bag, shoved a drinking straw through so it dangled over the water dish and blew through it twice a day to keep their air warm, moist and full of CO2. This ... may be considered excessive but ... worked.

Also successful: same Late Dutch, "air layered." I can't remember now whether I bothered notching the stem, but the idea of that is to leave half the stem hanging from the top part, which is still attached to the bottom part by the other half of the stem. The dangling part tries to repair itself and, being attached at the top and in soil, assumes it's supposed to be a root. Slightly awkward to set up, this involved putting a film tube (sandwich bag with the bottom cut off) over the notch site, supporting the stem with a cane above and below the notch site, taping the bottom of the tube closed to make a bag, filling the bag with compost and taping the top too. Given time to get over the WEIRD things you are doing to it and make the most of its new situation, honeysuckle will fill that bag with roots and take advantage of the compost. You can then remove the cane, cut the stem below the bag, dunk it in a bucket of water to stop it drying out, unwrap it and transfer it into a pot of hole full of compost.


24/05/2013 at 21:39

Seem to have run out of characters. 

Also successful: "simple layering" of Lonicera japonica halliana "Cream Cascade" which had filled its trellis, run out of things to climb and decided to go looking for new places to put down roots. Scary plant, by the way. It grows ludicrously fast and it doesn't just grow in a spiral around things it finds but can actually change shape to wrap around something placed within its reach. Anyway, scared or not, I had a clear plastic tub left over from some dried mealworms I'd been feeding to the birds, so I punched some holes in the bottom, filled it up, bent one of the long, flexible "explorer" stems into it and tied the rising end to a cane stood in the middle. After a week it was 7 inches further up the cane, and after a few weeks the pot had big white roots clearly visible against the sides of it so I knew it was ready to be cut off and given to a friend.

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