Depends on gear up until 180. If you have OP gear for your level it's highly possible to solo as good as other dps classes. The nice thing about vines/bees is that you can let one mob die with the dots on while you start the next mob.
I personally ran with an axe offhand as I found the extra melee damage very useful and adds up. It was nice to finish a sliver of hp on a mob with a melee as opposed to wasting a lightning strike.
I always used a dps oriented ammy, at 140 I used the previous event pierce damage ammy. Most points were in foc/vit, a little dex and str. I got 75 vit/foc from Aggy lightning bracers, str from offhand axe, extra focus from a vines totem, dex from ammy and focus from charm.
I used highest vines, lightning, storm, bees, bark as I could with a level 1 touch. Level 1 is uninterruptible and allows for a decent heal just with focus. Combine that with a rabbit of the best tier you can, and you've got a 700+ free heal that can't be interrupted. I also used restos without hesitation. Makes lixing quicker.