How to Prepare Honeysuckle Vines for a Cold Winter
Lonicera japonicaHI, I live in Canada, near Ottawa Ontario. I need some information on if or how to prepare honeysuckle for the winter. We are famous for our winter and I have no idea how to do it. If you could please help me i would be grateful. Thank you
The first thing I had to do was to figure out your plant hardiness zone. Ottawa lies somewhere between zone 4 and zone 5.
With the exception of Lonicera nitida, which is a shrub type honeysuckle, most honeysuckle are hardy into zone 3, meaning a well established plant would have no problem surviving your winter. If you planted a new honeysuckle this year, you would be wise to mulch the plant with heavy cover of leaves, to protect the roots. When your plant is finished blooming, you can prune for shape. Only lightly prune plants until they are about 2 years old, after that, you can cut them back as much as you'd like.
If your plant is espaliered horizontaly, be sure to keep the snow from accumulating on the vine, which could cause breakage. If you happen to know the exact variety of honeysuckle you own, let me know, I'll see if I can find any more hints for you. I Hope I helped a little.
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