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trimming times #222055

Asked December 08, 2014, 11:31 AM EST

my sister has a large forsythia bush that needs a few ft. trimmed down. should i do this now(dec.8) or wait till spring?

Lackawanna County Pennsylvania

Expert Response

I would wait till after it flowers in the spring.  Otherwise you will be removing the buds that are dormant right now.  If you really need to shape it - you can remove some of the tall stuff and the lower stems will still have some blossoms - it just won't be as full of flowers.
Roberta McCall Replied December 09, 2014, 12:50 PM EST

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