We had our first Forsythia plant many years ago, in our second home, and recently have rediscovered this pretty Spring shrub. Our current Forsythia, which is planted in the back garden of my home, at present, was bought a few years ago from a large, local supermarket.
It was a very small shrub back then, bought in a wrapper similar to the type covering rose bushes when you buy them. We planted this Forsythia near to our small fish pond, in a tiny corner, as I did not think that it would grow quite as big as it has. Despite the fact that the Forsythia has been pruned each year it is now well over six feet high and quite bushy when in leaf. The downside is that it has gone a bit woody, but I still love this plant.
If you haven't seen a Forsythia or are unsure which plant I mean it is a shrub which, for a lot of the year, is covered in green leaves. The one we used to have resembled a privet for most of the year. According to my husband the one we have now resembles a weed for most of the year.
A FEW FACTS ABOUT FORSYTHIAS
Forsythias like full sun, or very light shade.
They flower in late winter or early spring, depending on where you live and plant them.
They can be used as a garden or park plant, in isolated groups or hedges.
Forsythias are a robust shrub.
They are named after William Forsyth, 1737 - 1804.
They do not require specialist soils but do grow best in rich well drained soil.
Forsythia plants will need watering in summer, especially in very dry weather.
The propagation of Forsythias is fairly easy. I have a small Forsythia plant growing in a tub, which has taken well. This was a branch, snapped off my plant accidentally by one of my dogs. I simply stuck this small cutting in with some other plants and forgot about it. Then, low and behold a while ago, I saw a few yellow flowers appearing and realised just how well the branch had taken root.
Forsythias officially can be propagated by hardwood cuttings. It is best to select strong, healthy, ripened shoots from this years growth and remove the leaves. Trim the soft wood at the tip and cut the stem into 6 inch lengths. Dip these lengths into rooting powder and plant in pots, which then need to be kept in a cold frame if possible.
Forsythias do seem to be hardy plants which survive most potential hazards.
You do need to prune these shrubs each year to keep your plant plant under control. I don't think that Forsythias have much fragrance to them but the sight of those flowers in Spring makes up for that. They are certainly a sight to lift your spirits, especially after those long Winter months.