Judy M
Judy M
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  • Mayfield, KY
Asked on Apr 18, 2013

Can you start forsythe bushes from clippings?

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I live in KY and right now there are yellow bushes blooming all over the place that are just beautiful. I would love to have them down my fence in back but as many as I would need there isn't anyway I could afford them. My neighbor has one that she said I could have clippings from if we could get them to root. My neighbor calls then yellow bells, but I thought their name was forsythe.
3 answers
  • These plant are easy to root. My wife has done this several times. They grow like weeds,but are not all the expensive to purchase as well.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Apr 19, 2013

    Judy, make sure your neighbor actually has forsythia and not Tecoma stans, which is a plant often referred to as yellow bells. If it is indeed forsythia, it is very easy to root from cuttings. To my eye, forsythia is a rather weedy looking shrub after its bloom, so if you are considering a long run of it you might want to break it up with other shrubs.

  • Caley's Culinaries
    on Apr 19, 2013

    The easiest, low maintenance was to propagate this is by layering: Bend a branch to the ground and weight it down with a brick. If you use big branches, you should get some good sized bushes to cut off and transplant. It's VERY easy, but takes a while.

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