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by shezalady on March 22, 2006 05:57 AM
I need some help with forsythia bushes. We just moved in, and the neighbor tells me the bushes need pruned, that they haven't been very pretty for the last few years. Suggestions on pruning, please?
by melcon6 on March 22, 2006 06:10 AM
First off, you have to prune them just after they flower. You can prune them down quite hard , just no more than 1/3 of the plant each year.

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by shezalady on March 22, 2006 09:19 PM
Thanks, Vanessa. I'm just so excited to have my own forsythia bushes - I have 4! But I want them to be beautiful.
by johnCT on March 22, 2006 09:43 PM
Definetly wait until after they bloom. They are very tough plants and can take very aggressive pruning.

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by pagarden on March 22, 2006 11:11 PM
this year is my first spring having them and i can't wait to see them in bloom! thanks for the pruning tips. i sort of stole them last summer! [Embarrassed] they were gorwing in a vacant lot so a friend and i pulled a few of them up and split them and when i came home i soaked them in water and planted them. they did good and all survived the move. i did end up cutting some of the ends off- some parts died, but not the whole plants. so now i have 5 plants but the tallest one is only maybe 3 feet tall. i still can't wait to see them in bloom though!
by cinta on March 23, 2006 01:11 AM
They root easy, I have cut a limb and pushed it in the ground and it they take off. In three years you will have a good size bush.

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by buzylady on March 23, 2006 03:05 AM
Bring a few of your forsythia branches inside. Put them in water. They should bloom for you. I did 2 wks ago. They bloomed nice, but now they're done. Now I'm trying lilacs.

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