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Our Forsythia is looking very bare with hardly any flowers.( I notice sparrows pecking at the flower buds). Its around 15 yrs old with many large branches from the base. Should I dig it up, cut it back, or any advice?
Colin

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  • Posted: Sat. 22nd March 2014 12:56

Re: Forsythia

Reply from Ian McLintock

Usually cut back one or 2 of oldest stems after flowering. How much do you like it? It might be easiest to dig it up and replace, but you could cut it back hard, feed it well and mulch, then wait for next year and see what happens. A potash feed next spring might help. If you do replace it, add lots of organic matter to the soil and bonemeal or similar, as my guess is it'll have been fairly depleted by such a big, old bush.

  • Posted: Sat. 22nd March 2014 16:04

Re: Forsythia

Reply from ELAINE HUTSON

the thing about shrubs, it is best to prune them every second year or so, this keeps the plant growing new stems and keeps it invigorated. Remove the old canes right to the ground, you can usually tell the old canes by the colour of the canes the older ones tend to be brown, the younger ones more greenish yellow..

  • Posted: Sun. 23rd March 2014 00:54

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Reply from Colin Gronow

Thank you for your replies.

  • Posted: Sun. 23rd March 2014 15:48