Can Wild Honeysuckle Be Transplanted?

Wild honeysuckle is an easily transplanted shrub. There are, however, some considerations in doing so. In some parts of the country, native azaleas are referred to as wild honeysuckle. However, most areas of the country refer to wild honeysuckle as plants of the genus Lonicera.

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Wild honeysuckle is an easily transplanted shrub.

Precautions

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Know what variety of honeysuckle you have before transplanting so that you don't spread an invasive species.

Certain types of wild honeysuckle are invasive, such as Lonicera maakii. Know which variety you have before attempting to transplant. If the wild honeysuckle you wish to transplant is an azalea variety, know that azaleas have different cultural needs than Lonicera.

Lonicera Transplants

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Dig your planting hole approximately twice the size of the root mass of your transplant.

Transplanting wild Lonicera can be done most effectively in either early spring prior to bud break or late fall when it is going dormant. Younger specimens are generally more vigorous and easier to transplant. Plant in a hole approximately twice the size of the root mass, and give it plenty of water.

Azalea Transplants

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Amend your planting hole for native azaleas with an acidic material such as pine bark mulch.

Native azaleas have a much more fibrous root system than the Lonicera. Make sure that you encourage the roots of your transplant to spread by cutting into the root mass to promote lateral root growth. These can be transplanted in late winter or fall. Prepare your planting hole with acidic amendments such as peat moss or pine bark mulch.