I HAD A BEAUTIFUL FORSYTHIA BUSH ON THE SIDE OF MY HOUSE FOR YEARS IN BIRMINGHAM AL AND A ANT BED GOT TO THE ROOTS AND I COULD NOT SAVE IT. I WAS CRUSHED. BUT I ONLY SALVAGED A TWIG, SO I CUT IT IN A SLANT, PUT SOME ROOT HORMONE POWDER ON THE END AND STUCK IT IN A BIG FLOWER POT AND WALLAH!!!!! IT BLOOMED IN THE POT SO NOW SHE IS IN THE GROUND HAPPY AND GETTING BIGGER EVERY DAY. THE MORAL OF THIS STORY IS, IF THE PLANT DIES, TAKE WHAT EVER PIECE IS LEFT AND RE-ROOT IT!!!!!!!
OK. I need real help. I have four forsythia plants, one purchased from a local (Rutland, Vermont garden center) in 2007 and three moved in 2008 from Keene, NH. None have bloomed. What do I do since bloom time is now past.
I've had very good luck rooting woody shrubs from cuttings, but I have never done it myself with forsythia - I have too much, not a shortage! It couldn't hurt to try with yours, especially if you add a little rooting hormone. Be aware that pruning in June may cost you blooms -- but you just want the new one to root, first.
I didn't prune mine after it bloomed (didn't know that was the time until recently). It's only 5 years old and grown from a stick, this is the first year it's really bloomed and was beautiful. Now it's growing but suffering from our heat (zone 8b), so I'm watering most every day. When would be a good time to prune? It's getting kind of leggy looking. Thanks for any advice!
If this is the first year it's bloomed (congrats on 'growing from a stick!') I would let it bloom again next year then prune it very lightly. Good luck - my strongest area of expertise is in what NOT to do!
A much belated "thanks" to carrielamont for the advice! I did take your advice (I must confess - it was just not on the "priority" list!). It has looked pretty wilted every afternoon but sometimes it looks perky in the morning, so I'm hoping it will be okay again in the spring!