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Forsythia

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Question: 289-5201
When can I move forsythia? David, Boston, MA

Mort's Answer:
As indicated in the first question, all deciduous material has to be foliated. Deciduous means not green in winter. You could take cuttings in the meantime. Make a box that is three sided and place it against the foundation near the water spigot. The box should be 6 deep and filled with coarse sand. Cuttings are taken from the terminal shoots. Each cutting should be 8 long. Remove the upper two inches and cut the bottom at an acute angle as possible. Place the cuttings two inches apart and two inches into the sand. Water thoroughly and keep moist until roots evolve. Move the mother plant in October.

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Question: 290-5201
Can I cut back my forsythia now? Flo, Newport, RI

Mort's Answer:
You would not do any more harm than in the spring after blooming, but you will be removing many of the buds that are now setting for spring. If you wait until the hollies have red berries, you could have flowers for forcing in the winter.

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Question: 661-4911
When can I cut my forsythia back ? They are all over the ground. Kevin, New London, CT

Mort's Answer:
You can cut them a foot from the ground to allow raking under them. Be mindful that they are forming buds now for early spring blooming. You could wait to see if the buds swell and cut them for forced blooming in water for the parlor table this fall or in early spring.

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Question: 712-1012
How far back can I cut my forsythia when it stops blooming? Jane, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
You can cut it back a third after it has finished blooming. Forsythia can reroot itself, if loose soil is nearby. You could start now with selective, first pruning for forcing forsythia for vases in the house. If you cut back too much, you may have hollow stems. Stems can rot when filled with rain.

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Question: 729-1512
Can I cut back my forsythia when it finishes blooming? It must be 12 feet around and is rerooting itself on my neighbors property. Tom, Charlestown, RI

Mort's Answer:
Those new shoots can be cut with loppers down to the ground. The rest can take a good trim back to three feet from the ground. Forsythia are easily rooted in sand, if you feel you want to donate to your neighbor more freely without any attachments.

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Question: 740-1812
Today I have 12 stalks of forsythia I bought at a market garden shop. They told me to put them in water and wait for them to root. That was over a month ago, and still no roots. Is there something I should do like add plant food, sugar or something to make it root? I want to plant it in the garden once it roots. Marian, Warwick, RI

Mort's Answer:
Flowering shrubs with the flower usually will not root in water. Remove all but a couple of leaves at the top from the stems. Cut a piece eight inches from top to bottom. Place the cuttings in coarse sand outdoors near the spigot. Mist once a day. Your sand box should be six inches deep and the cuttings placed two inches into the coarse sand.

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Question: 1414-817
When is the best time to force forsythia? Charlotte, Narragansett, RI

Mort's Answer:
As soon as the buds are large they can be forced open. If you pick them as small buds, you can watch the bud swell indoors. You can have bigger blooms if Mother Nature does the swelling outdoors. It is best to use distilled water, as with any flower in a vase. Let the water sit in a window for a few days before inserting flowers or would-be flowers.

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Question: 423-3410
Can I cut back my forsythia now? It's about 8'-10' across. John, Middletown, RI

Mort's Answer:
If it is that large, you can thin out the middle extra large branches by cutting them down to the crown. This will facilitate cutting the outside branches back two or three feet. The best time to prune any flowering shrub is when they have dried out the bloom.

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