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My Forsythia Bush hasn't bloomed for awhile.
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Sandy    Posted 05-18-2003 at 07:36:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My husband and I purchased our property about four years ago and there is a forsythia bush on one end of our yard. The first year we were here, the flowers on the bush were beautiful but there hasn't been any flowers on it since then. The bush is pretty tall and the leaves are very green and healthy looking. What do I need to do to make sure it blooms again? Any help anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated.

cowgirlj    Posted 05-18-2003 at 11:34:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just transplanted mine. I found where it was, the soil was too hard packed, and it didn't get enough water....well, actually, it was getting no water and starting to wilt. I drenched the roots, gave it a hormone boost, and pruned all the dead and wilted leaves and branches off. It has perked right up.
Have you tried giving it some fertilizer. If it bloomed there before, it's not the location that is a problem. Lots of water and a shot of 20/20/20 will probabley help.

Randy    Posted 05-18-2003 at 08:09:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Is it in shade? What Salmoneye said sounds good. I usually use the 3 year cutting method when I do it. A third of the bigger stuff gets cut each year.

Sandy    Posted 05-18-2003 at 08:31:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It is in partial shade. Does it need to be in full shade? Thank you


Randy    Posted 05-18-2003 at 14:48:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
They like sun better. If you fertilize it try super phosphate, better for flower production.
They're weeds and can take a lot of abuse. For some reason this spring has been the best for flower production on trees and bushes, and we had the worst winter here in CT.

Salmoneye    Posted 05-18-2003 at 07:44:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cut it down and let it come back...She'll bloom...And ya can't kill it by cutting it...

I also found this on the web:

"When one hears the recommendation to prune shortly after the flowers begin to wilt, this should not be taken as a requirement & certainly not an annual requirement. Perhaps every three or four years at most & then with restraint. It is just as well to prune in late Autumn, but it is easiest to tell which limbs are newest in spring; first-year limbs won't yet have flowered & it's easier to avoid getting the young growth if you can see which limbs are flowerless. It is occasionally mistated that old limbs stop blooming; this is certainly not so on ours. Second year branches & fourth year branches are all blooming with equal ferocity. When it does seem time to thin out a bush, cut unwanted limbs to within a few inches of the root's crown ,avoiding first-year limbs, but always saving enough of the oldest limbs to retain the bush's sweeping substantiality."

See the link...

Sandy    Posted 05-18-2003 at 08:33:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the info Salmoneye. I really appreciate it.

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