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forsythia is not blooming

For the last 3 years the forsythia that is growing on the south side of my yard has not bloomed. Last year I cut it back some thinking that would help, but there aren't any blooms again this year. Do I need to cut it back severely to get it to bloom again? I live in Southern Iowa, zone 5. Lee Ann
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"The time to cut forsythia back is right after it blooms. Wait much longer than that and you will remove flowerbuds.

Forsythia respond well to drastic pruning. You can cut them down to about 18 inches and let them regrow from there. Other possibilities for the lack of bloom include heavy shade.

Luke Miller, editor
Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living magazine"

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