Forsythia Bush Care

  1. Timing for Pruning Flowering Shrubs

    Flowering Shrub

    Every year we get a number of calls about why their particular shrub did not bloom. 

    So we are here to explain why this might happen, to help you plan ahead to allow your beautiful, abundant flowering shrubs to bloom endlessly. 

    There are a variety of reasons why a particular plant might not bloom. One reason why your plant might not bloom well, is that it received too much shade and not enough sun. 

    Another reason could be that your plant was given too much lawn fertilizer, which results in beautiful foliage, but a lack of flowers. 

    But most likely the biggest reason behind your flowering shrubs not blooming is because they were pruned at the wrong time of the year, eliminating the flower buds. 

    Timing is Key

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  2. Pruning Forsythia

    Forsythia flower cut

    Pruning 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.

    Pruning forsythia after flowering is the most widely used method. Cut out about one-third of the old woody growth.  This encourages new young growth, which will supply the next season's flowers. Experts advise that you should be looking for new growth that develops quickly in whip-like form.  If the whip like branches are not trimmed or trained it will ruin the shape of your pl

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