Forsythia did not Produce Many Blooms this Spring

Asked April 29, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

This spring our forsythia bush did not produce many blooms. It gets morning sun but is in the shade in the afternoon. I thought I was very careful not to trim it too much or too late, and water it when the area is dry. It is about 10 years old. It looks healthy and grows well (needs trimming about every month or so). I have not fertilized it. Thanks.

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

Your forsythia may not receive enough sunlight to produce blooms. They should be in full sun (minimum of 6 hours) for maximum bloom. Typically they are very low maintenance plants. You mention you trim it about every month or so that would greatly reduce the amount of flowers. Do not prune the shrub beyond the end of May.