Forsythia plants look like rays of sunshine

Forsythia plants look like rays of sunshine Forsythia plants look like rays of sunshine
Forsythia plants look like rays of sunshine: These plants yield canary yellow flowers which are like the first rays of sunshine after the dark days of winter.

They cover each arching branch with a profusion of blooms lasting one to two weeks.
This shrub is so worth planting, despite the short bloom time.

Where to plant this shrub:
Forsythia are best suited for borders or as background accent plants where their relaxed, arching
branches won’t look untidy.  For small spaces, the dwarf varieties such as Gold Tide, grow to only 20 inches
tall and maintain a compact, spreading shape.

Forsythia plants grow best in full sun and a well-drained soil. But these tough plants show some tolerance of clay soils, too. Water new transplants well to get them established. Thereafter, water needs are moderate.

Growing tips: 
Prune the forsythia branches immediately after the flowers fade. This will encourage growth.
Thus, the next spring, blooms will appear on one-year or older wood.
Plant in an area that receives at least six hours of sun each day to ensure prolific flowering.

Even if you do not prune your shrub regularly, keep an eye on its spread, at least.
As, when one of the branches makes contact with the soil, there is a good chance that it will put down
roots on the spot.  You can look at this offspring of the original shrub as either a bonus or an intruder,
depending on your perspective.

Propagation:
Layering is the easiest way to propagate forsythia shrubs.
Note, if you are not careful about keeping the stems off the ground, the plant may layer itself.

Fill a large pot with potting soil and place it near the shrub.
Select a stem that is long enough to reach the pot with about a foot or more to spare.
This will allow propagation to take place.

Medicinal use:
Forsythia fruits are used in Chinese traditional medicine for antipyretic and anti-inflammatory activity in
the treatment of bacterial infections.  Also for upper respiratory ailments.
They are commonly combined with honeysuckle flower and other ingredients.
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Forsythia plants look like rays of sunshine

 

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