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Growing Forsythia


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Botanical Name:

Forsythia

Life Cycle:

perennial shrub

Planting Time:

spring or summer

Height:

dwarf types up to 1', standard types 8' to 10'

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Exposure:

full sun to partial shade

Soil:

average to rich, well-drained soil

Hardiness:

thrives in zones 5 to 9

Bloom Time:

early spring to early summer

Flower:

yellow

Foliage:

green leaves on semi-hard woody branches

Propagation:

cuttings

Suggested Use:

shrub hedges, espaliers; good for inner city landscapes due to tolerance of poor growing conditions

Growing Hints:

Purchase plants or start with softwood cuttings from new growth in late spring or early summer, or semi-hardwood cuttings in mid to late summer. Plants can also be propagated over winter by layering. Simply make a small cut in a pencil thick branch and secure the branch (cut side down) to a pot filled with soil while it's still attached to the mother plant. Detach and transplant in spring when roots become established. To grow hedges, space plants 4 to 6 feet apart. Regular pruning is necessary to keep plants in bounds.

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Interesting Facts:

Forsythia flowers form on the previous year's growth so cut 1/3 of the shrubs older than 4 years to within 4 inches of the ground.

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By Robert Snyder (Guest Post)
April 4, 20060 found this helpful

How many days pass from when the forsythia starts to bloom until petal fall?

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