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Too Late for Cuttings from Coral Honeysuckle?

Arlington, MA

I've been planning to take cuttings from a successful Lonicera sempervirens, but put it off till now. Too late? We have been near frost once so far this fall, in zone 6b.

Jackson, MO(Zone 6b)

I'd say it's too late unless you plan to over-winter it inside. If it were me, I'd wait until next spring. Others can give their opinion.

Arlington, MA

Thank you birder17! can be done in spring?

Jackson, MO(Zone 6b)

Yes, I would think you could grow it easily in the spring.
Read about how to do this:
or somewhere else on the internet.

Lake Stevens, WA(Zone 8a)

I have two suggestions:
1- Try cuttings now, what have you got to lose? If it does not work you can do it again in the spring. I have had success with other plants with late cuttings by putting them in their pots under a outdoor cold frame all winter. Now you are in a much colder climate but maybe you have a window in the garage or something? I had best success when I sprayed them once with antifungal when I put them in the pot. I kept them quite dry over the winter, maybe watered once or twice only. You could also just try on the kitchen windowsill, again, what have you got to lose?
2- Do layering now, this is even easier, and might give you some roots by the spring! All you need to do is use a knife to nick the branch at a node, scoop a few inches of soil up, lay the branch through it, heap up the soil on top, and maybe a shovelfull of mulch, maybe a rock to keep it from pulling out. That's it!

Arlington, MA

Thank you Pistil!

Now you mention it, I've heard of that layering maneuver. I could certainly do that....and it sounds easier than using, say, the enclosed porch (I forget to check out there when it gets really cold, but managed to overwinter a couple of things...).

Fort Worth, TX

I get my best results on coral honeysuckle with root cuttings. I'd go with the layering.

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