Position – Full sun
Soil – Moist, well-drained
Flowering Period – Spring
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Forsythia are deciduous shrubs with simplistic and occasionally lobed leaves with compact clusters of open-mouthed blooms that beautifully decorate slender stems to create dramatic and profuse colour during the spring. Forsythia are best suited to flower beds and borders within cottage and informal garden settings. You should expect to see Forsythia grow to an approximate height and spread of 1.2 – 3m (4-10’), dependant on variety.
Forsythia are best planted in moist, well-drained soil of chalk, sand, loam and clay within an acidic, alkaline and neutral PH balance. Ensure that Forsythia are planted in a site which will accommodate its mature size, checking for overhead obstructions, companion plants, structures and buildings. Dig a hole that is twice the width and the same depth as the root ball, firming the soil into place and watering thoroughly and deeply.
Young Forsythia do not require feed as this will damage and burn immature shoots. It is instead recommended that they are fed a year after planting during the spring with a phosphorous fertiliser, following the instructions per shrub size. You may prune Forsythia after the flowering period and when the bush has been in growth for at least one year. Remove older stems and neaten the shrub into a desirable shape.
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