Can Honeysuckle Be Grown Indoors?
You may choose honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.) for its colorful flowers, pleasant fragrance and hardiness in a range of conditions. The nectar of the flowers is also a favorite of hummingbirds, attracting them to your yard. When working with honeysuckle, you may wonder whether the plant will grow well indoors to bring its color and fragrance inside. Unfortunately, honeysuckle typically doesn’t do well indoors due to its size and general growth requirements.
Honeysuckle thrives in full sun but can also tolerate partial shade, though honeysuckle growing in shade will not flower as profusely. It grows best in well-drained soil, though the soil should be moist and retain water well, if possible. You can add a small amount of compost to the soil during planting if the soil is in poor condition, but you don’t need to add amendments if the soil is already fertile. If you’re planting multiple honeysuckle bushes, space the plants between five and 15 feet apart depending on how large you expect each plant to grow. Honeysuckles generally grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 10, but it varies among species and cultivars.
The size of honeysuckle plants is one of the biggest restrictions when it comes to growing it indoors. Depending on the variety of honeysuckle you plant, you can expect honeysuckle bushes to grow between 6 and 20 feet tall and approximately the same width. Honeysuckle can spread and if left unattended, and some varieties such as Tartarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica) grow aggressively and you should avoid them.
Because of its size and how quickly it grows, honeysuckle needs sturdy support to hold up its vines. In the garden, honeysuckle is typically supported by a trellis or wire grid that allows the honeysuckle’s vines to spread and grow. If a support structure isn’t available, you can use honeysuckle as ground cover and allow its vines to spread along the ground. Take care when using honeysuckle as ground cover because it can easily spread to grow up into trees or other plants.
Trimming and Maintenance
Although honeysuckle grows well with relatively little maintenance, it will do better with periodic thinning and occasional soil correction. While honeysuckle doesn’t require regular feeding, light feeding with a 10-10-10 fertilizer in early spring and again halfway though the blooming season ensures it has the nutrients it needs for vine development and flowering if you have poor-quality soil. Alternately, a layer of compost applied in early spring and covered with a 2-inch layer of mulch will meet the honeysuckle’s nutrient requirements and also help prevent weed growth. Thin the vines after blooming. If the honeysuckle is overgrown, prune it down to the ground in fall for rejuvenated growth in the spring.
Just because honeysuckle isn’t an ideal indoor plant doesn’t mean that you can’t start your honeysuckle indoors. Starting honeysuckle from seed or cuttings in your home or in a greenhouse gives you more control over the growing environment, allowing you to adjust the humidity and temperature and protect the growing plant from frost or low temperatures. Once the honeysuckle has established roots and starts showing signs of healthy growth, transplant it outdoors and begin training it on a support structure or as ground cover.
Can Honeysuckle Be Grown Indoors?. You may choose honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.) for its colorful flowers, pleasant fragrance and hardiness in a range of conditions. The nectar of the flowers is also a favorite of hummingbirds, attracting them to your yard. When working with honeysuckle, you may wonder whether the plant …
How to Grow Honeysuckle in Pots
The honeysuckle (Lonicera) is a low-maintenance plant that grows well on a trellis, but is also grown pots for a waterfall effect. Honeysuckle plants produce white flowers that gradually turn yellow throughout the growing season. Because of their fragrant flowers, honeysuckles attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. If you’re growing a honeysuckle plant in a pot, be sure to place it outside during the summer to attract these creatures to your garden.
Fill your selected pot with potting soil and then use your hands to dig a hole the size of the root ball of the honeysuckle plant. The pot should have a diameter of 1/2 the height of your plant as a general rule of thumb.
Place the root ball into the hole and cover the roots. Sprinkle some well balanced fertilizer — such as 10-10-10 fertilizer which contains equal amounts of phosphorous, nitrogen, and potassium — around the base of the plant and water to allow the fertilizer to seep down to the roots of the plant. Apply fertilizer again in the middle of the growing season.
Place the pot in an area that receives a lot of sunlight. Honeysuckles are notorious lovers of natural light and grow best when in full sun. If your pot doesn’t contain a trellis on which the vines can grow, place it on a stool or table so the vines can creep down the side of the pot.
Water the plants 1 inch per week. If the potted honeysuckle is outside, you don’t need to water it at all unless rainfall falls below 1 inch a week.
Prune back the plant after the growing season is over. Although not all varieties of honeysuckle need to be pruned, some benefit from the occasional pruning. If you have a type of honeysuckle that requires pruning, use your pruning shears to cut off any dead parts of the vine, or any areas that have become too tangled to promote healthy growth.
How to Grow Honeysuckle in Pots. The honeysuckle (Lonicera) is a low-maintenance plant that grows well on a trellis, but is also grown pots for a waterfall effect. Honeysuckle plants produce white flowers that gradually turn yellow throughout the growing season. Because of their fragrant flowers, honeysuckles attract …