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.
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.
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.
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.
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