PRUNE EARLY BLOOMERS
How to cut back early flowering shrubs
DESPITE appalling weather, our forsythia flowered in a glorious mass of yellow blossom earlier this spring. It is a reliable shrub, putting on a splendid show each year and does so because I cut it back immediately after its flowers have faded.
Deciduous shrubs that flower early in the year (flowering currant, mock orange and kerria, as well as forsythia) should be cut back straight after flowering.
They produce blossom on the previous year’s growth, so early pruning gives them the maximum growing time for next year’s flowers. Start by removing the flowered growth back to strong new shoots. You should also remove damaged, dead or diseased branches back to their origins, as well as weak and spindly shoots. Just leave robust branches that will bloom strongly. Create an open goblet shape by removing stems that are growing up through the centre of the shrub. You can also prune out up to 20% of the older stems each year to make room at the base for robust young growth.
After pruning, feed with a generalpurpose fertiliser and mulch well.
Cut back early flowering shrubs straight after blooming for good growth and more flowers
Forsythia flowers well after pruning