Why Doesn’t My Forsythia Bloom?
The reason why your forsythia won’t bloom is because it doesn’t have enough sunlight or even light at all. You need a place where the sun shines and that means having some sort of shade over your plants. If you don’t have any shade, then your plants will suffer from heat stress which causes them to die off. There are many different types of shade available but they aren’t always the best choice.
You might think that if you have a sunny window, you could just hang up some curtains or blinds and let the sun shine on your plants. However, this isn’t necessarily a good idea since it’s possible that the sunlight will cause your plants to burn. So while hanging up curtains or blinds may seem like a good idea, you still want to make sure that the area around your plants is well shaded.
Another option would be to use a greenhouse. These are very popular these days with home gardeners because they allow you to grow plants without the worry of frost damage. They’re also great for growing herbs and other crops that require long periods of warmth. Greenhouses are very affordable and can be put together with items that you probably already have. You can even buy a pre-fabricated kit for your home if you don’t feel comfortable building one yourself.
There are also many different types of fabrics that can provide shade for your plants. Most of them are basically large sheets of thin material that can be suspended above your plants using rope or even wire. They’re very easy to make and you can use just about anything you have lying around your home. Although, the more light that you allow in through the fabric, the less effective the fabric will be. This being the case, you should pick a lightweight or translucent fabric.
Can I Cut My Forsythia To The Ground?
You can cut your forsythia to the ground but you need to be careful with this process. It’s always a good idea to ask your local nursery if it’s okay to cut your forsythia back because different types of trees require different care. Your nursery professional will know exactly what to do and how far you should cut your forsythia back.
Normally, forsythia is cut to the ground every couple of years in order to keep it from getting “leggy.” This means that it has a long and bare looking trunk and branches. Normally this is done during the early spring before the tree starts to leaf out. If you wait too long, your forsythia may start to leaf out before you cut it back which can make the pruning process a bit more difficult.
You can also cut your forsythia back as far as you want, as long as you don’t cut into the part of the tree that is currently bearing flowers or buds. If you do this, your tree will never bloom again. Normally you’ll only cut it back to the point where new leaves or buds start to grow. This will force your forsythia to start growing back fuller and bushier.
As with most pruning jobs, it’s always a good idea to keep the cuts neat and clean. This will help prevent infection and ensure that the tree heals properly. Normally this isn’t a problem with trees since their natural defenses are much better than those of flowers and other plants. Even so, you can use a small amount of antiseptic to keep bacteria from getting in the cuts.
You can also use tree paint to keep insects from invading cuts on the trunk and large branches. This is normally done in the winter so that the cuts have ample time to heal. Just make sure not to cover up the cuts with paint since this will prevent new growth from occurring.
Forsythia is a very popular choice for home gardeners because of its beautiful blooms in the early spring. As with all plants, you need to keep up on the care in order to get the most out of your forsythia. Following these simple tips will help your forsythia grow lush and full while ensuring that it lasts for years to come.
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Sources & references used in this article:
The story of Forsythia by GP DeWolf, RS Hebb – Arnoldia, 1971 – JSTOR
HARDY FORSYTHIAS: With a Short Account of the History of Garden Forsythias and Remarks Regarding Their Possible Future Development by E Anderson – Bulletin of Popular Information (Arnold Arboretum …, 1934 – JSTOR
Towards novel flower colors in Forsythia by genetic engineering by D Wyman – Arnoldia, 1950 – JSTOR
THE INFLUENCE OF DAMINOZIDE AND ETHEPHON ON GROWTH AND FLOWER BUD FORMATION OF FORSYTHIA INTERMEDIA’LYNWOOD COLD’. by C Rosati, M Duron, A Cadic, P Simoneau – … International Symposium on …, 1998 – actahort.org