Transplanting honeysuckle bushes or vines should be done at a time of year that avoids any excessively hot weather. In addition, there are several steps necessary in optimizing the success of the transplant. Root pruning helps by severing the longer roots from the plant thus simplifying the transplant process. Trimming back the vine or shrub prior to transplanting is also recommended In addition, preparing the new location for the incoming resident is also important. Mixing compost with the current soil in an area larger than the original root ball creates an ideal environment for the transplant. Pre soaking the new sight before and after the actual transplant is also necessary. Using a tarp to transport the transplant minimizes clean up.
- Cutting away about 1/3 of the plant helps the honeysuckle avoid going into shock.
- You can transplant honeysuckle at anytime of the year- except during the summer is not advised.
- Fill the new hole for the honeysuckle with water and let the ground absorb it before transplanting.
“If you are planning on transplanting bush honeysuckle or moving honeysuckle vines, you’ll want to plan ahead so that you can root prune the plant.”