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honeysuckle rooting question

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by ziggibob on April 28, 2004 03:34 AM
there is tons of honeysuckle growing wild near our home and I was wondering if I cut some off and put it in water if it will root like ivy does???
by Chrissy on April 28, 2004 03:40 AM
Yep, it probably will, but I find the easiest way to root honeysuckle is by layering. Just pull a piece of the vine down to the ground attached to the mother plant & stick it into the no time at all it will form roots & then you can cut it from the mother plant & move it wherever you like.

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by Bestofour on April 28, 2004 03:44 AM
I wait until it's been raining, take a shovel and dig or pull up a root.

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by Newt on April 28, 2004 04:57 AM
Hi Ziggibob,
Welcome to the Garden Helper Forum. You mention that the honeysuckle (Lonicera species) is growing wild near your home. You don't list where you are located, so I hate to be the 'party pooper' here, but in most places in the US the honeysuckle that is fragrant and grows wild is considered an invasive pest and is listed as such by the department of natural resources. If it is fragrant, then I'm certain it's the dreaded Japanese or Hall's honeysuckle. You might find these sights informative. You can look it up as Lonicera or Japanese or Hall's honeysuckle.

You can click on your state here.

Honeysuckle produces berries that the birds love and they spread the seeds around in their waste droppings. The honeysuckle will grow up trees and shade out native plants, making a monoculture and less food diversity for all the critters in the woods. Take a look at these pictures.
Covering trees:
Covering a hillside:
Covering the understory in woods:
Pretty fragrant flowers:

If you would like a lovely native that will bloom on and off all season and has some fragrance, please consider Lonicera heckrottii 'Gold Flame'.


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When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.

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