Forsythia is a stunning golden blooming spreading deciduous shrub with an imposing appearance that belies its ease of care. Even beginning gardeners can have success growing forsythia with just a bit of basic gardening knowledge and information about what growing conditions forsythia requires. Because of its easy growing habits and ability to be trained for ground cover or upright or vine growth, forsythia is a popular choice for landscaping. The shrub's dense foliage makes it an excellent choice for a privacy screen or border hedge, and it grows equally well amidst inner city toxins or rural nature. Learn from gardening experts how to grow forsythia in your own home garden or landscape setting.
Forsythia is most often grown from young established plants rather than seeds. Before planting, find a location, which offers full or partial sunlight and well draining soil. While mature forsythia is most forgiving of varying soil conditions, growing forsythia can benefit from enriched soil. Before planting, thoroughly rake through and work the soil, breaking up clumps and removing rocks, and working in manure, peat moss or organic matter into the soil to enrich it.
Forsythia will not need much fertilization, although mulching can assist with reducing invasion by weeds or pests. Water forsythia as needed but do not allow the plant to receive too much water, as this will cause the potential for decay and soft wood growth. Forsythia is fast growing and will likely need pruning the moment the bloom season finishes. Forsythia is very forgiving and can tolerate extensive pruning well, even if it is cut back all the way to the ground level. Pruning will encourage forsythia to grow even more vigorously. Since forsythia can grow wide and wild, shaping is often necessary when using forsythia in a controlled landscape design.