Forsythia Bushes
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forsythia pruning

Zone 08742 | moomooandbooboo97 added on June 6, 2016 | Answered

I have forsythia and other bushes that the branches seem to grow horizontally. The forsythia is lanky, not very full at the bottom, almost as though they have a stem or trunk like a lollipop. I have read to resolve this configuration lopping to 2-4 inches off ground and essentially starting over to encourage "basal" growth. Can you explain what the term basal means and why the branches seem to grow out across horizontally?

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on June 7, 2016

Basel growth is a term I see most often used in pruning Roses.

Here are some excellent articles about pruning your Forsythia the correct way.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/forsythia/forsythia-pruning.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/forsythia/forsythia-rejuvenation.htm

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