Paraic’s Plant Of The Month: March 2018

The March plant of the month is the Forsythia, also known as the Easter Tree. It is a member of the Olive Tree family, where it takes its position as a flowering plant. It was named after a Scottish botanist, William Forsyth. Forsyth first brought the plant to Europe.

“Forsythia is pure joy. There is not an ounce, not a glimmer of sadness or even knowledge in Forsythia. Pure, undiluted, untouched joy.”Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The Forsythia is nicknamed the “Easter Tree”. This is due to it being one of the first plants to flower in the spring, meaning it flowers in time for Easter. It is a popular shrub in many gardens. It is covered in bright, rich, butter-yellow flowers. Thus, it is a welcome addition to every garden. The forsythia blooms from early March to late April, depicting a bright, vibrant display of color.

How to care for your Forsythia:

Thankfully, Forsythia bushes are easy to care for. They require little to no maintenance. Nonetheless, here are some quick tips to ensure your Forsythia plant is looking its best this March.

  • Plant your Forsythia in well-draining soil. The soil should also be rich in organic matter.
  • Use Osmo plant fertiliser when planting your Forsythia.
  • Ensure your Forsythia gets sunlight. This will ensure its beautiful yellow flowers flower.
  • Prune your Forsythia about once a year. The ideal time to prune is when the plant has finished blooming.

With just a few simple steps your Forsythia will reward you with a breathtaking display of flower this spring.  What better way to brighten up your garden this March!