Forsythia cuttings

I recently had to give a demo on plant propagation, so turned up to the venue with a forsythia in a container that had plenty of good cuttings material on it. I duly took the cuttings, prepared them – as in the picture below –  potted them up in multi-purpose compost – all done by the book – then brought them home, put the pot outside and forgot all about them.

Remove the lower leaves - you need a good balance between leaves and bare stem (right)

Remove the lower leaves - you need a good balance between leaves and bare stem (right)

I did none of the things you are supposed to – tenting them to keep them firm, protecting them from the worst of the weather – and they did actually wilt, as was to be expected given this level of neglect. I was too lazy even to bin them. But I noticed they were looking a bit brighter the other day, and behold! They are rooting.

What with all this rain, they have had no chance to dry out – that obviously gave them a fighting chance. I’ll give proper instructions on what you should do in my next newsletter.

So now I have several little forsythias for growing on – a pity I don’t like the plant more.

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2 Responses to “Forsythia cuttings”

  1. Jacky Says:

    I LOVE forsythia! For me, it accompanies daffodils, heralding spring. Yellow flowers and Spring were made for each other. Of course, our forsythia doesn’t actually flower (you diagnosed over-pruning), but I live in hope for next year! 🙂

    Interesting though… this does rather back up my belief that nature is rather more robust than we give it credit for!

  2. Andrew Mikolajski Says:

    Well, yes! Forsythia is great in spring, and yellow is exactly the colour we cannot have enough of after a miserable winter – but it can be a dreary passenger later on (or am I being too harsh?).

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