Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Forsythias


Forsythias grow best in full sun but will tolerate light shade. Average soil that could be on the moist side is ideal but as with most plants, good drainage is essential. This shrub falls under the category of those to prune right after flowering is finished. Once it is mature, prune out the oldest and thickest stems every two or three years for the plant to remain vigorous. A shrub that has become overgrown can be fixed by pruning the entire thing back to 15 cm from the ground and after six to eight weeks, thinning the branches out by half.
After their magnificent show of blooms in spring, forsythias become a nondescript shrub in the garden so would do well to be part of a mixed border where other plants can take over with colour once it is finished.
Garden folklore recommends that when forsythias are in bloom, it's time to cut the roses back and this is a good rule of thumb to follow.

4 comments:

  1. TY for I didn't know that about forsythia & rose cutting timing.

    Happy Easter!
    Have a great day.
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

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  2. Lovely photo! Do you pronounce it forsIthia or forSITHia? Everybody seems to have a different pronunciation for forsythia.

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  3. Beautiful photo! I am anxious to see blooms appear in KY soon.

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  4. ours are up and going strong here in alabama. i didn't know that about the roses either, thanks for the tip.

    don't you just love them when they're in full bloom. if your familuar with quince (?) they're quite lovely too. we've got some beautiful lavendar rhodies begining to bloom now too! happy springtime to you!

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