Forsythia Bushes Keep Dying

Question From: OHIO
Q: My forsythia bushes keep dying. They turn brown one branch at a time and I have replanted twice. When I cut the stems they are hollow. What is causing this? The surrounding bushes of lilac, hydrangea, and butterfly bush haven't been affected.


The hollow stems are part of this plant's growth habit. Could be lack of water. In a drought newly planted shrubs and trees must be kept watered so the soil in the root-ball does not dry out. Temperatures that climb into the nineties further stress the plants. I have several shrubs to plant and have deliberately waited to do the job this fall. If you fertilized -that only added to the stress. Shrubs and trees should not be fertilized when planted.