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Elevation of Trumpet Honeysuckle

    • 1). Determine where you want your vines to grow. Plants that grow well vertically are excellent in a tight or narrow spot. They can also provide privacy for a see-through fence, such as a chain-link. Vines can cover the side of a solid structure, neutralizing its harsh lines. Or, a vine can be trained to grow by itself, climbing a metal post or cascading over an arbor.

    • 2). Dig a hole in the ground about 3 inches deeper and 3 inches wider than the pot. Trumpet honeysuckle likes a sunny location. It will accommodate a wide range of soil types, and is drought-tolerant after it is established. Keep in mind that a mature trumpet honeysuckle is heavy, so plan accordingly. A simple trellis will give way in a couple of years. Use a fence or a metal post for proper support.

    • 3). Train your vine to grow up the structure. Unlike a morning glory or an ivy plant, honeysuckle vines will not train themselves. They are a cross between a trained plant and a vine. While they have a thick-stemmed vine, they have supple branches that can be easily threaded through the vertical support structure.

    • 4). Prune to shape the vine. Hard pruning should only be undertaken in early spring, but pruning of an errant branch can be done at any time. Mature height of the vine is between 15 and 20 feet.

    • 5). Add other plants to encourage hummingbirds and butterflies. Plants such as butterfly bush, jasmine, bee balm, pineapple sage, columbine, lantana, purple coneflower, and phlox will add to your enjoyment of your trumpet honeysuckle.

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