The Garden Community for Garden Lovers

By Jan65

North East England, United Kingdom Gb

Pruning Forsythia.

When do I prune my Forsythia please? It's in glorious flower at the moment but I want to have it a little bit smaller next year without losing the flowers if possible. I've always been a bit hazy about this! Thanks.



Hi, this flowers on last years growth, so if you prune as soon as the flowers fade, your plant will have all summer to put new growth on, for flowers next year, they respond well to quite hard pruning, Derek.

28 Mar, 2014


Thank you Derek, that's great.

28 Mar, 2014


Jan - if you go my home page, you can access two blogs which I wrote back in January 2008, which tell you why, how, and when to prune. You might find them a useful reference.

28 Mar, 2014


The great thing about forsythia is you can cut as much as you want for the house and know you're getting your pruning done at the same time! Got a vase of it on the table right now.

28 Mar, 2014


Thank you! That's great! Nice idea about cutting the branches for inside, hadn't thought of that.

31 Mar, 2014


Not only that but you can bring them in quite a long time before the flowers open and they open in the warmth - you can have a succession of them before they are out in the garden if your bush is big enough.

31 Mar, 2014

How do I say thanks?

Answer question


Not found an answer?