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Forsythia Care

The forsythia plant is not a high maintenance plant, but will perform best when given optimum conditions.. Forsythia care should begin with the growing conditions. They are not real fussy about soils or soil types but should start with a well-drained soil. The addition of peat moss, composted manure, or garden compost to the existing soil will get the plant off to a good healthy start.

Allow larger varieties sufficient space to grow. Ample space allows for the beauty of the natural cascading shape of a specimen-sized plant. Full sun is best for these plants and will bloom best in full sun, but may be planted in light shade.

There’s not that much more to know about forsythia care, since it’s virtually carefree. You can force the branches in late wither and then root the cuttings. Branches will root if they touch the ground. Supplemental water during droughts and mulching in the winter is also helpful for these plants to be healthy, but not necessary.

These plants also grow cane directly from the root crown. Every few years, it doesn’t hurt to take out some of the bigger, older wood so that there’s plenty of room for fresh growth. Hedge clipping is not recommended.

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  • Pruning Forsythia

    Forsythia flower cutPruning forsythia provides great benefits to the forsythia plant. Many times forsythia is pruned for cut flowers. Pruning a forsythia plant also helps keep the plant to a bushier growth habit. Pruning forsythia also promoters better flowering.

    A frequently asked question is, ‘When is the best time for pruning forsythia?’ Pruning in December or January provides branches for forcing.  If some pruning is done when the plant is in bloom it again provides cut flowers for use in indoor arrangements. Additional pruning after flowering encourages better branching and the potential for more flowers in future years. Continue reading

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