Forsythia (Forsythia spp.) is a deciduous spring flowering and hardy shrub that grows in full sunlight but also tolerates in partial shade area. Even with little attention, you can grow them favorably, an ideal for novice flower gardeners.
It produces a bright yellow to orange flowers that attracts florists and gardeners to include in their collections of flowering plants. They are ideal for beautifying your garden because they are easy to grow with less maintenance in your part, so you can tend some other delicate flowering plants.
There are varieties of Forsythia that you can select, pure and hybrid types and the famous one is the Weeping Forsythia. If you want the dense foliage and low shrub type, select the Arnold Forsythia Dwarf.
Planting Requirement for Forsythia
Planting materials. They can be propagated from cuttings or seeds taken from a semi-ripe stem cuttings and they grow fast.
Soil. Any kind of soil is ideal for this plant. Even in acidic, low acidic, moderately alkaline and neutral soils Forsythia can thrives best.
Light requirement. Forsyhtia can survived both in an open field or partly shaded area, but for best continuous flower blooms, you’ve to expose them to at least 5 – 7 hours of sunlight during the day.
Location. Discourage planting your Forsythia near some surrounding buildings, because they’re fast growing and multiply rapidly that may adds a problem to the building owners
Climate. The best season to plant Forsythia is during the early spring or during fall when it has a moderate temperature, but can also tolerate well in any season with available solar radiation during their growing period. For best result, plant them in March or late April in your area.
Plant nutrition. Being a hardy plant, Forsythia does not need your attention when it comes to their fertilizer needs. An occasional application of compost in your garden is enough to supply the nutritional needs of the plants.
Pests and Diseases Control. The most common insect pests of Forsythia are; aphids, Plant bugs, Two-banded Japanese Weevil. To control these pests, mix 2 tablespoon vegetable oil, 2 tablespoon baking soda, and 2 tablespoon powdered laundry soap. Mix the solution thoroughly and spray directly into the objects until they’re totally eradicated.
If you use a natural control method, introduce into your garden the following; parasitic wasps, ladybugs and green lacewings for eradicating aphids.