I usually transplant in the fall after weather cools down and rainy
season starts up.Best way I think would be to find a branch that has touched
ground and developed it's own root system or just simply divide a shovel
full from the mother plant. Make sure you get enough roots this way.
Elaine in Ga
Forsythia roots readily. My forsythia was obtained by taking cuttings
in the fall, which were then buried 80% under mulch. In the spring,
about 2/3 of them push out new leaves. As cuttings go, they are the
So you just cut them and stick them in the ground and then mulch them? How
long of a piece do you cut? Do you use rooting hormone or anything like
Oh, yeah, I should mention that I'm stealing these off a tree from the
backyard of an empty house that's for sale. I figure it's a free for all
on such things when the house has been empty for over a year. <slight
feelings of guilt>
Hey like they say down south...if you steal a cutting it will live!
They are easy to root like simy said. Just bury the top 3/4 of the limb in
the dirt put off the leaves and don't let it dry out. Next spring you
should see new growth.
Elaine in Ga
Yes. I cut 18 inches segments, and make sure a few buds are above
ground. The mulch does two things here in MI: it retains moisture, and
it prevents a very hard freeze. The method works with other canes as
well, that is how I established a new raspberry row. But the point is,
it needs to be done under cool and moist conditions.
In one year, that forsythia has gotten to the point where trimming is
needed. You should bill them.
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