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If the Forsythia Bloom Now,
Will They Still Bloom Next Spring?

By November 4, 2013

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The warm weather seems to have left the building, at least for now. I miss it, but it's a good thing we've turned colder. I've gotten some questions about bulbs sprouting and forsythia starting to bloom. That's not a good thing, but it's not a plant killer.

Although forsythia shrubs set their buds shortly after flowering and they won't have time to set more buds this year, late season flowering is usually not extensive. The weather seems to change before the whole shrub bursts into bloom, as I've seen this morning. There is still hope the bushes will put on a decent show next spring.

Unfortunately sprouting bulbs use up some of their stored energy, which will probably mean a less spectacular show in the spring, but it should still be a welcome sight. We'll have to wait and see.

Read more:
Growing Forsythia
When and How to Force Flowering Trees and Shrubs
Forcing Spring Bulbs


November 4, 2013 at 8:29 pm
(1) Pam says:

I’m hoping the same t
hing is true with azaleas! Mine bloomed in the beginning of October.

November 5, 2013 at 6:43 am
(2) Marie iannotti says:

I hope so, too. I’ve never noticed my azaleas blooming in fall, so we’ll have to cross our fingers. Let me know how yours fare next spring.

We finally dipped into the 30s yesterday, which should put an end to this nonsenses, I hope. :-0

November 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm
(3) bahough says:

Last year here in California our forsythia started blooming in Nov/Dec but did not achieve full bloom until Feb. which is normal.

November 6, 2013 at 6:07 pm
(4) gardening says:

Wow, early bloom, even in California.

Good to hear it held on. Apparently Forsythia is even hardier than I thought. No wonder it’s so popular.

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