Bonsai Training Information

Forsythia intermedia
Forsythia, Golden Bells

A hybrid of Forsythia suspensa x Forsythia viridissima it is by far the most commonly available Forsythia in the market place today, primarily as it has a longer lasting and more prolific flowering habit. There are many cultivars of x intermedia commonly available, including dwarf varieties, Lynnwood Gold, Spectabilis, Arnold Dwarf to name a few. The make a colourful small to medium Bonsai.

Styles:

Informal Upright, Slanting, Cascade, Semi-cascade, Clump

Location:

Outdoor

Position:

Prefers full sun, can tolerate partial shade. Must be in full sun to get a good flush of flowers. The flowers are frost resistant.

Watering:

Water well, likes a moist soil but let the surface of the growing medium dry out in between watering.



Feeding:

Feed bimonthly during the growing season. If using a slow release organic fertiliser feed every two months during the growing season.

Leaf and Branch Pruning:

Carried out once stems have extended to bear 6-7 leaves, cut back to leave last two leaf nodes. Structural pruning if required should best be done late autumn.

Re-potting & Growing Medium:

Repot older plants every 2-3 years, in spring, for younger plants every year. Use a well drained organic mix soil. Formula A - 1 Part Akadama, 1 Part Pumice, 1 Part Bark or Leaf Mulch. Formula B - 1 Part Damolin Clay, 1 Part Bark or Leaf Mulch.

Wiring:

Shaping is normally done pruning, but can be undertaken all thru the year. But best done in late autumn when spa has been withdrawn into the roots.

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