Monday, March 10, 2014

A Most Obliging Plant

 Forsythia (called Yellow Bells by many of my neighbors) is a most obliging plant. Cut its budded branches in winter, bring them inside and give then warmth and water and they'll burst into cheery bloom.
 Leave the branches in the water and in the sun when the blooms die and green leaves will appear and the stem will put out roots. Pot the stems and you've got another forsythia bush to plant or to give away.

11 comments:

Ms. A said...

Gosh, I wish other plants worked like that... sure would be easier to have more plants without buying them!

Sam Hoffer @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

I had no idea you could root them in water. That'a amazing.
Sam

Brian Miller said...

smiles...we did that as kids....
they are pretty and vibrant....

Pat in east TN said...

I just brought cuttings in yesterday. With so much sunshine outside lately I wanted some color inside too.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Yep, I finally cut some and put them in water 2 days ago...the buds are still tightly closed...hope I didn't cut them too soon. With yesterday's warm weather I bet the ones outside will beat mine inside. The race is on!

Jim Egerton said...

What a wonderful gift for so little work. A little warmth and kindness does bring out the beauty.

Lise said...

Thanks for the tip, I'm going to do this. They are a very cheery bloom.

L. D. said...

i am anxious to see how mine will bloom. It blooms one good time out of five. Our weather gets to be too cold and or the soil conditions are bad.

Frances said...

Oh Vicki, I do hope that forsythia will very soon oblige us with some of its spectacular annual blooming show in Central Park.

One of its stages is along the edges of the cross town transverses, like 79 or 86 that cross Central Park from west to east and back again. The explosions of yellow flowers look so great cascading over the grey stones that edge these roadways.

Maybe next week. xo

NCmountainwoman said...

I often bring in the branches to enjoy the blooms. I had no idea they would root. I've been tossing them far too soon. I'm going out to cut some more and put them in pots when they root. I'll have a gorgeous deck this summer and more forsythia next summer.

Vicki Lane said...

They will put out roots in water or you can shove the stems into a pot of dirt and keep it damp and they'll root. Or even by the edge of a stream. Or you can lay one of the lower branches of the bush on the dirt and put a rock over it (leaving it attached to the bush) and it will root.