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Planting my honeysuckle

Hi there,

I hope somebody can give me what I am hoping will be an easy answer.  I am just about to plant mt honeysuckle, it is about 2ft high and came with the support sticks.  Do I gently   cut off the support whilst planting or do I leave it on?

Any answers would be gratefully appreciated

Thank you


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,724

    Hopefully you have a trellis or wires for it to climb up.

    I would plant your honeysuckle (at least 12" - 18" from the base of the wall or fence) then carefully remove the plant from the canes and place the canes (fanned out a bit) at an angle from the rootball to the trellis  and then gently tie the honeysuckle stems to the canes to encourage them towards the trellis.

    Aha!  I've found this, which explains it a bit better 

    Hope that helps image 

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  • ShepsSheps Posts: 1,372

    I left the supports in when I planted mine and like Dove says, plant at least 12in away from the wall / fence and 

    If you remove the supports completely it will sink down and look terrible, this happened to one of my Jasmine after I planted it without the supports.

    The below image gives an idea of the angle you want to be aiming for and maybe you could go even further away from the trellis.


    Here is one of my Honeysuckles now, with the main centre support still in place.



  • Looking Good Sheps very nice!

    Thank you both for sound advice, I know where I'm at now image

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,130

    Also - make sure it doesn't go short of water after planting flowerbomb. A good soak before you plant, and afterwards. A mulch will help conserve the moisture.

    Even if you're in a high rainfall area, and it's facing the prevailing weather, rainwater doesn't always  reach well  into walls or fences, so keep a little eye on it till it establishes. If there's other planting round it, there's more competition for moisture too.  image

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    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • ShepsSheps Posts: 1,372

    You are too kind, aym image

    Great advice re the watering, Fairy...I made the mistake of not watering enough when I first planted mine and all 3 looked terrible for weeks.

    They were dropping leaves like crazy and some of the leaves were covered in Mildew, but once I started to water them everyday they recovered in no time at all, now they are thriving with loads of new growth and shoots sprouting on every vine.


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  • ShepsSheps Posts: 1,372

    Have we missed a post or one been deleted?, flowerbomb? 


  • Hi, I have just bought some climbers and this is very useful advice - thank you. I have a question, I bought a jasmine plant and went for a taller one as it looked more established, but how will the bottom of the trellis get covered? As it’s tall the point where the cane is leaning against the trellis is quite high up? Also, do I cut off the current ties on the cane? Thanks - amateur here trying to make my garden nice for summer!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,724
    Remove the ties on the cane ... hopefully you’ll find that your plant has several stems that you can spread out in a fan shape
    and tie them gently to a trellis. That way there'll be foliage from much lower down than if the stems all went straight upwards. 

    Hope that helps 😊 

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