Honeysuckle for Hummingbirds,
Nature's own Hummingbird Feeder

You may need to stand back when planting honeysuckle for hummingbirds to avoid being hit by the hummingbirds when they flock to your vine. These plants/vines have an abundance of sweet nectar for the hummingbirds and a very sweet aroma for us to enjoy.

When growing or pruning Honeysuckle vines precautions need be taken such as harming the birds with fertilizer or cutting down a nest. Nonetheless, hummingbirds love these vines and so do us northern gardeners. If you live in our colder climate, you know what I mean. Our growing season is short and many vines such as The Hummingbird Trumpet Vine won’t grow here.

Honeysuckle for hummingbirds does well in Zones 4 and 5. Even if you have little time to maintain the vines, they are generally low maintenance. They produce a bounty of pretty flowers that you can use to hide a garden sore spot, provide extra privacy or simply add a lot of beauty to your property.

How to Grow Honeysuckle for hummingbirds.

1.       Buy the plants. We recommend Direct Gardening because you can save when you buy direct.

2.       Plan a location that would be suitable for a good size vine. Honeysuckle grows quickly. They can grow as tall as 20 feet in some locations. It is critical that you plan for this rapid growth. If you plant more than one vine, plant them a good distance apart. We usually say to plant them about 5 feet apart. Honeysuckle vines can grow well on trellises. Today there are a gorgeous variety of trellises to choose from .

3.      Sun requirements are simple. This vine grows in sun or partial shade. We found that the vine will produce more flowers when grown in a sunny location. The vines do better with at least 4 hours of sunlight each day.

4.       Soil requirements are not an issue either. Honeysuckle vines grow in most any soil. If you would like to know what soil is the best, we would say an acidic soil of about 5.7. It’s always a good idea to mulch the soil. In the case of the honeysuckle, mulching and providing nitrogen ensures that the vine will flower.

Hummingbird at Honeysuckle Vine

5.       Fertilizer is not necessary. We never recommend chemical fertilizer when planting honeysuckle for hummingbirds.  Hummingbirds need to keep their feathers extremely clean for their special flight. So they clean their feathers constantly by preening them. Chemical fertilizers can easily get on the feathers of the birds and they will ingest them when cleaning their feathers. We would never want to inadvertently harm our precious little friends. There are natural fertilizers available.

6.       Pruning can really help to promote thicker growth. We like to prune our vine at the beginning of the season in the spring. Later in the summer, we cut the plant back just a little more. I enjoy this summer pruning because its fun to bring the flowers inside. Always be extra careful when pruning a hummingbird plant in the spring.  A hummingbird nest might be hidden away inside the plant. You might destroy the nest accidentally. Hummingbird nests are extremely tiny. So check carefully before pruning.

7.       Set back and enjoy your honeysuckle for hummingbirds vine and watch them enjoy the sweet nectar.

When we were kids, it was fun to pick the flowers from the vine and suck out the nectar for a sweet treat. If you have children, this is a great way to teach them a little about nature. This is how I developed affection for nectar sipping hummingbirds. As a child, I enjoyed watching the tiny birds and didn’t mind sharing the sweet food.

There are many advantages to planting a Honeysuckle for hummingbirds.


Hall's Honeysuckle

Hall's Honeysuckle

Hardy, FAST growing! Hall's Honeysuckle will cover a bank or other area quickly as a ground cover - even in poor soil. Plant it at the base of a trellis and in one season you'll have a lush vine that covers the area completely. You won't believe your nose when you first smell the perfume from its buff-yellow flowers. So sweet is it, you'll have to stand back in order not to get hit by the hummingbirds that will flock to it for its sweet nectar. If you have a difficult area where grass and other plants have failed, plant Hall's Honeysuckle for a verdant carpet in a hurry. Not at all fussy about soil or adverse growing conditions. Grows in sun or shade. Cover large areas economically! Because it grows so well and so fast you can space plants as far as 3' apart. For this reason, and because of its low price, you can now afford to cover large areas where expense has not allowed before. Two-year-old transplants, each with 1-3 runners.



Hummingbird at Honeysuckle

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