On Forcing Forsythia

Forsythia being forced to bloom since it is obviously not blooming yet out of doors.

For many years of my life, I have had immediate access to forsythia branches. Years ago, my mother-in-law, a decidedly unusually green-thumbed gardener, gave me a branch or two of it. I now have a very large bush in my front yard.

I say that my mother-in-law was an unusually green-thumbed gardener, because she did not have luck with a lot of plants, nor was she even interested in them, but certain things were like biological putty in her hands.

Years ago, and I am guessing for most of her life, she was infatuated with privet bushes. She would propagate them in water, I think, and then plant them and use them as fences. She seemed to be doing it all the time. She was totally fixated on privets.

She was really good at certain roses, managing to make them grow beautifully. I consider that I have a green thumb and yet I have never been as good with roses as I would like to be. In fact, I have two identical pink climbing rose bushes, one in the front of the house and one in the back. No matter what I do, lately, the one in the back is plagued by black spot disease or something else that keeps it from blooming. The one in the front is amazing. At the end of the season, I chopped the afflicted rose way back, hoping to be more on top of its issues and get it to actually bloom. I am soon to do the Epsom salt treatment on both of them.

My mother-in-law supplied me with the forsythia I have, as I mentioned, and rarely do I take cuttings and bring them in. This year I did. I have them on the piano right now; this is day three of their in-house stay. I am guessing that they will be blooming by Easter, this Sunday.

For some reason, I got it into my head that forsythia looks best when it does the ‘willow’ thing and weeps, allowing its branches to not just stay up straight, but then curve downward. I currently have weights on some of the tall branches and am pulling them downward. The effect, in the spring, is more beautiful, in my estimate. I have my mom to thank for putting that idea into my head.

So I am watching these forsythia branches in the house and hoping they will soon bloom and make spring come even faster.

About Richard Koerner

Almost seventy something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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