· John Heider's Answer
· Lynda-You can use a well draining potting mix. Water the mix well to settle the soil in the container. Snip 4 to 6 inches of the tender growing tips of the honeysuckle. These cuttings should be taken during an active growing cycle of the plant; early or midsummer is the most successful. Cut just below a node or joint. Roots form more readily near these nodes. Remove any leaves along the cutting leaving only a few at the end or tip of the cutting. Gently peel off a thin edge of the outer layer on one side of the stem , about 2 inches up from the base down to the bottom of the stem. Dip the lower inch of the cutting in powdered rooting hormone. Place the cutting into the planting mix a couple of inches deep. Gently surround the cutting with the mix, removing air pockets and pressing lightly. Keep planting mix moist and cutting out of direct sunlight. You can root your cuttings in water also following the same steps as above, but instead place your cuttings in a jar of water keeping the cutting 2 to 3 inches below the top of the water. After about three to four weeks there should be enough new root growth to transplant to individual pots and continue nursing carefully until new leaf growth, at which time they should can be moved to their permanent pot or place in your garden.