Climbing plants are great allies for our garden. They are plants that can help you get a nice and cool corner. In addition, the fact that they are climbers allows any wall or artificial structure to be re-naturalized, which makes them an important support when hiding or improving areas such as walls or railings. One of these climbing plants that you should know about is the honeysuckle. This climbing plant is characterized by growing quite easily and by withstanding the cold quite well, which is one of the most difficult requirements to find in many climbing plants. If you want to know a little more about the cultivation and care of honeysuckle, keep reading and we will tell you about it.
Honeysuckle is a spring-blooming climbing plant that can have flowers that range from white to yellow to shades of orange. These flowers will turn into reddish-hued fruits. However, you have to know that these fruits are poisonous , so it is important to prevent both children and animals from taking them. In fact, if consumed in excess, they can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
It is an evergreen plant , which makes it populated throughout the year, including winter. In fact, it is a climbing plant that resists the cold quite well . It can withstand temperatures down to -15 degrees. In this way, it becomes a highly recommended climbing plant in places and areas where winters are cold. However, it must be taken into account that it is also a plant that does not tolerate excess light well. Specifically, the direct rays of the sun. Therefore, it is best to place it in an area where it receives indirect or filtered light. If it is in a garden, where sunlight is abundant, it is best to place it in such a way that it only gets the morning sunlight. In this sense, the most important thing will be to avoid the midday rays , which are the strongest and most intense, and also the ones that can most affect honeysuckle. It must be taken into account that, if it is subjected to an excess of light, it can paralyze its growth.
As we have already explained previously, honeysuckle is a trapping plant . For this reason, it is essential to place it, whether it is in a pot or on the ground, near an element where it can climb . Honeysuckle will grow well near trees or man-made structures such as walls or railings. The important thing is to keep in mind that you have access to some type of element that allows you to climb, the nature of the structure is secondary.
Honeysuckle is a plant that tolerates pruning quite well . This is why it can be carried out at any time of the year. However, it is always better to do it in the fall or winter . The most advisable thing is to avoid the moments of flowering in spring. However, even if it is done at this time, the plant will most likely respond favorably.
Ivy is another climbing plant for the whole year.
Watering the honeysuckle
Regarding the irrigation of honeysuckle, it should be known that it is a plant that tolerates drought better than excess water . However, it is important to water it with some frequency. The most advisable thing is to water once a week in winter and two or three at the most in summer. It is recommended to let the soil dry on top before watering it again. Likewise, it is very important to prevent the soil or the pot from puddling . In the event that the pot’s plate contains a lot of water, it is best to empty it.
Honeysuckle is a plant that blooms in spring. For this reason, it is recommended to transplant it before the flowering period , from autumn to late winter. Doing it during the flowering stage or the summer could lead to the plant stopping its growth that year. However, the most usual thing will be that, the following year, it returns to normal growth.
Honeysuckle can be grown both through planting the seeds and through cuttings . It must be borne in mind that seed growth, although it will be fast in some cases, may mean that the plant does not flower for a couple of years. Therefore, the most common is to do it using cuttings from an adult plant . In these cases, it will be enough to place the cuttings in water for a couple of weeks or until the branch begins to take root. At this time, it will be transplanted to the ground. It can be transplanted both in pot and in soil. However, it must be borne in mind that in a pot the growth will be slower. However, what can be done is to place it in a pot at the beginning and, when the plant has firmly established, transplant it to a larger pot or directly to the ground.