Fertilizing Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is a low-maintenance beauty that does not need much care, but learning how to care for this perennial will keep it full and blooming all summer long. New plants can get a boost from fertilizer that will increase the growth rate and help the plant settle in more quickly. Established plants may need a feeding from time to time to keep them pushing out new growth and abundant blooms.


How to Fertilize Honeysuckle

Soil high in organic content is enough to support healthy Honeysuckle growth. The soil pH should be 5.5 to 8.0 for optimal growth. You can test the soil to determine if any nutrients are necessary. You can amend the soil with organic compost or manure when planting, or top-dress the soil of established plants each spring. Water-soluble or slow-release fertilizers are both excellent options for Honeysuckle shrubs.


Best Time To Fertilize Honeysuckle

The best time of the year to fertilize Honeysuckle is spring. Applying fertilizer in the spring will get the plant off to a good start. This plant is not a heavy feeder, so one or two doses of fertilizer is enough to support new growth.


Best Fertilizer For Honeysuckle

A fertilizer low in nitrogen with an NPK ratio like 2-10-10 or 0-10-10  is best for Honeysuckle. The ratio measures the nitrogen, phosphate, and potash in plant food. Selecting the proper fertilizer will support new growth. Products like Miracle Grow are good for Honeysuckle. You can use a slow-release or water-soluble fertilizer, but always follow the instructions for best results.

Honeysuckle Fertilizing Tips

  • Mix or top-dress the soil with organic compost or manure
  • Use a low-nitrogen fertilizer to support abundant growth
  • Apply fertilizer once or twice per year during the spring


-Always wear protective gloves and a face mask when handling chemical fertilizers.

-Closely follow all directions and storage guidelines that are on the fertilizer label.

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 Author Alison Cotsonas - Published 07-21-2022