Yes, forsythia has a rather short bloom season and the shrub, while lovely in a branching sort of way, pretty much fades into the background most of the year. But, when it’s on, it’s ON. Masses of bright to golden yellow flowers clad the stems before they leaf out later in spring, making this the ideal late winter pick-me-up we all need during the February doldrums. We promise, when they bloom, it’s an Instagram moment in the making.
(Enjoy them inside too! It’s super simple to force branches of budding forsythia into brilliant blooms. Here’s how!)
Keeping Forsythia Happy
- Easy to grow in average to poor, well-drained soils.
- Best flowering in full sun.
- Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system.
- Tolerates periodic drought, when established.
- Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
- Prune to shape immediately after flowering.