All about forsythia, an explosion of spring yellow
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Forsythia is the shrub that announces spring. It is covered with superb yellow bunches as early as March.
Forsythia is a deciduous shrub, losing its leaves in winter and can reach 2 to 3 meters in height. Forsythia supports temperatures up to minus 25 ° C and can be installed as a single subject in a massif. The forsythia can also be planted in flowering hedge, alone or with other shrubs. Our practical tips will help beginners and confirmed gardeners to cultivate forsythia successfully in their garden and on their terrace.
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Plant forsythia in a neutral soil enriched with brown gold or compost. Dig a large hole and install the forsythia in the middle. If you plant small, think that the forsythia grow to 2 feet tall at least and as wide. So plan a hole about 60 cm wide and 40 cm deep. Fill with garden soil without pebbles without compacting and water copiously. Form a watering bowl around the foot and straw in order to maintain freshness. For a hedge plantation or in a group, space the forsythias from 1 to 1, 5 meters. Plant between autumn and late winter and plan a sunny exposure to promote rich and prolonged flowering.
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The forsythia in pot
The forsythia can be installed in a big pot, at least 50 cm high. Plan for good drainage in the bottom of the pot as gravel. Fill the pot to two-thirds of earth enriched with compost. Place the forsythia in the middle of the pot, making sure the roots are free. Fill up with soil, tamp lightly and water copiously. install forsythia in the sun and plan a watering solution at least once a week starting in the spring.
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Size and maintenance of forsythia
Forsythia slightly prune immediately after flowering. Remove the weak and misplaced branches. If your forsythia is installed in a hedge, trim the hedge in early spring after flowering to allow a abundant flowering the following season. Forsythia does not require much maintenance and can last several decades provided thatbe cut regularly.
Watering and forsythia fertilizer
Forsythia is low in fertilizer. Bring compost once a year to the foot of the shrubs in the fall.
Water forsythia the first years of planting in summer by great drought, once a week. The forsythia can then fend for itself. When the forsythia is in pot, think of a regular watering once a week in summer.
Diseases and parasites affecting the forsythia
Forsythia is disease-resistant and do not know many enemies. Very possibly it can be attacked by aphids during flowering. Sprays of water and black soap can be used then on the flowering twigs of the shrub.
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To know about forsythia
Forsythia easily cuttings. A fun exercise to do with kids in the fall. Cut young twigs and plant them in pots in a mixture of earth and sand. Water lightly and soon new leaves will appear. These new forsythias can be replanted in the ground after two years.
The varieties of forsythia to choose
Of the many varieties of forsythia, some have interesting foliage after flowering like forsythia veridissima at green foliage variegated with white, the very popular 'Beatrix Farrand' forsythia with shiny foliage appearing after the blooming golden yellow or forsythia 'Fiesta' with its yellow foliage.
Potted favor forsythia small development Melee Golden very compact or the variety Mini golf at the port spread but dwarf.
Gardener's tip on forsythia
Forsythia is especially interesting in February March and is less remarkable the rest of the year. Think of planting hedges of forsythias in a garden background to benefit from the magnificent effect of his spring bloom.
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