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Question: bush name that blooms in March
I would like to know what it is called that bushy plant that makes yellow flowers on bare branches in March in northern Italy; Can you also plant on a north-facing balcony?
Answer: bush name that blooms in March
the shrubs, very decorative, with yellow flowers of which you speak are called forsizie; the botanical name is forsythia, and although there is a species of European origin, those found in the gardens are often hybrid varieties, originating from Asian species; the peculiarity of forsythia is precisely that of producing its beautiful golden yellow flowers at the end of winter, before the shrub has begun to produce the leaves; the stems have a dark, chocolate-colored bark, which tends to make the flowers stand out better, for a truly scenographic effect, above all 'and rarely happens) when forsizie are pruned correctly. These plants are very resistant and vigorous, withstand frost down to -20 ° C, and also cold and hot winds and drought. They are grown in the ground, but also in pots; they have a beautiful broad and extensive root system, and therefore, even for a small shrub, it would be good to think of a large vase, to be filled with a good very well drained soil; when we buy the land for the shrubs that will be in pots for years, we spend a few euros more and let us ask the nurseryman for a top-quality product. Generally in the early years they tend to develop quite rapidly, and therefore it will be necessary to repot the plant at least once a year. The only problem is the exposure: the forsyths love the full sun, but they tolerate the partial shade; for sure, however, they do not like the complete shadow, which besides favoring a stunted development of the shrub, causes a partial or total absence of the flowers, without which the shrub certainly becomes not very decorative. So, if on your terrace, even if positioned north of the house, there is a corner where the sun arrives at least a few hours every day, you can certainly grow your potted plant; if it is not so and your terrace is decidedly gloomy, and without direct sun for the whole day, then give up, and change course, for example you may prefer a hosta or a hydrangea to forsythia. Remember that the forsythias bloom on the branches of the previous year, so they should never be pruned at the end of winter, or you will go to remove all future buds; therefore they are pruned after flowering, in spring. In addition to this, avoid watering too much, or too often; these shrubs bear drought very well, while they do not like water stagnation: before watering, check with your fingers that the soil is well dried even in depth in the vase.