Old 10-12-00, 03:20 PM
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I'm in Middle Tennessee. Have large forsythia plant that needs pruning. My Tennessee gardening book says you can prune anytime after plant has bloomed. Since it blooms in early spring, I was wondering if it was too late to prune now or will it still bloom if I cut back now. Any info. would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 10-12-00, 03:24 PM
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like the book says, any time. if it still has leave you can trim it.
Old 10-12-00, 04:27 PM
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Pruning should be done right after spring bloom as the forsythia's flowers are made on the previous year's wood.

If you prune too late in the year the plant does not have the time to produce and mature growth for next year's flower's.
Old 10-13-00, 07:52 AM
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One thing you can do if it needs cutting back is to wait until spring, and cut them BEFORE they have bloomed. You can then take the cuttings into the house and put them in a vase. The blooms will be forced open inside by the warm air. We used to do this every year (reserving enough of the plant to still make a splash outside). It makes for a wonderful display!

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