The Q&A Archives: Root A Forsythia Cutting

Question: How do I take a cutting from a Forsythia plant?

Answer: In mid to late spring, cut off a branch tip, taking a piece about six inches long. Remove the leaves from the bottom half of it, dip the cut end of the stem in rooting hormone (if desired), and stick it upright with cut end down into a pot of dampened soil mix. About half of the cutting should be under the soil. (A soilless mix works well.) Firm the soil around the stem, then place a plastic bag over the top to help maintain humidity. Place the pot in a bright location out of direct sun, and check periodically for roots. Open the bag occasionally to allow for fresh air and keep the soil moist but not sopping wet. Roots should form in a few weeks.

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