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by linley on April 05, 2006 06:37 AM
Hi,

This is my first spring in my new home, and I I'm afraid my forsytia bush is not blooming, it has a few scattered flowers but no green? My husband did cut this back in the summer when it was over grown? Does this mean that it is dead?
by weezie13 on April 05, 2006 10:06 AM
Nope..... The yellow flower comes out first...
Then after it's done.. and spring is realllly springing into summer, the branches will green up for you and then you can cut/prune them then..

Forsythia's are a pretty tough plant to kill...

Give it a wee~bit of time...

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by johnCT on April 05, 2006 07:27 PM
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Originally posted by linley:
Does this mean that it is dead?
No, if it has a few flowers its definitely not dead. Mine just started blooming in the last few days, so I would give it some more time in MA.

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by weezie13 on April 05, 2006 07:56 PM
Refresh my memory John, if they pruned it in
the middle of summer sometime...
Did they cut off the flowers on the new sprigs'??

Is the forsynthia like say a lilac who make their buds the year before....

IF the yellow flowers are sparse now, it may have been the later pruning....
doesn't kill the plant/bush just makes blooms less..

I'll have to see if I can find some info on it???

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by weezie13 on April 05, 2006 07:59 PM
Here's Bill's info on the main pages of TGH...
Care and Cultivation of Golden Bells Plants/Forsythia

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Forsythia flowers form on the previous season's growth, not on new growth, so pruning should be done immediately after the flowers have faded.


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by johnCT on April 05, 2006 09:19 PM
I prune mine every year sometime after flowering.

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by weezie13 on April 05, 2006 09:44 PM
Yeah, that's what I'm thinkin'..
Pruned late will cut the flowers off...

So if they're sparse... that's probably the cause...

Those plants are verrrrrrrrry hard to put to death.

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by johnCT on April 05, 2006 10:00 PM
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Originally posted by weezie13:

Those plants are verrrrrrrrry hard to put to death.

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by SpringFever on April 05, 2006 10:38 PM
I couldn't kill mine if I chopped it to the ground LOL mine is in full bloom right now...
I agree maybe chopped it a little late hmmm [teacher] maybe a good idea

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by cinta on April 05, 2006 10:53 PM
Yes if you cut them late in the season you get less flowers the following Spring.

I cut one down to the soil and it did not die. I thought I could plant some flowers in that area but Mr "For see I will not die" had other ideas. LOL!!! I have them everywhere. You have to love this bush.

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by linley on April 10, 2006 03:52 AM
quote:
Originally posted by weezie13:
Refresh my memory John, if they pruned it in
the middle of summer sometime...
Did they cut off the flowers on the new sprigs'??

Is the forsynthia like say a lilac who make their buds the year before....

IF the yellow flowers are sparse now, it may have been the later pruning....
doesn't kill the plant/bush just makes blooms less..

I'll have to see if I can find some info on it???

by linley on April 10, 2006 03:54 AM
I thank everyone for your answers, I do think it was the pruning, and it isn't going to flower, It looks like tumbleweed right now,, I will take the information and prune and hope for the best for next spring,,

Thanks again

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