Forcing Spring Branches

The closer spring gets the antsier I become. I know checking for new growth everyday will not make it happen any faster but I can’t seem to help myself. My favorite greenhouse has reopened for the season and a trip there should help to take the edge off.

Forcing Spring Branches with Sensible Gardening

If you are anything like me you need to find ways to speed nature along, which is why I enjoy bringing indoors a few flowering branches to force into bloom. It’s not difficult to do but is very rewarding. Branches that I find work well when forcing are Forsythia, Flowering Plum, Flowering Almond, Quince, Lilac¬†and Pussy Willow.

Foring Spring Branches with Sensible Gardening

Some branches will bloom quicker than others but be patient as most take from 2 to 4 weeks. Forsythia are probably one of the easiest and fastest to force into bloom.

Forcing Spring Branches with Sensible Gardening

Steps to Forcing Flowering Branches Indoors

  • Begin by choosing branches that have many buds which are just starting to break open.
  • Using a clean sharp knife, cut the branch at the desired length on the diagonal.
  • Lightly crush the cut end with a hammer to help speed up the rate of water absorption.
  • Bring your branches indoors and place in a jug of warm water for a couple of hours.
  • Place your jug in a cool place, mist the branches regularly and change the water every couple of days.
  • When your branches start to bloom, arrange them in a suitable container, display in a sunny window and enjoy.

Forcing Spring Branches with Sensible Gardening

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