One of the sure signs of late winter turning into early spring are the swollen buds on all the trees that will burst into beautiful bloom soon. But why wait until mother nature is ready when we can bring them inside and enjoy them4 to 6 weeks earlier! Forcing branches is one of the easiest and prettiest things to do this time of year! The dainty little blooms and tender green leaves are just perfect for getting into the spring mood! Let’s force some beautiful spring branches!!!!
Salmon quince branches are blooming in my dining room! I love the look of those outreaching branches just starting to show their flowers and little leaves.
And that pop of salmon color makes my heart beat a little faster!
I’ve had these branches in a bucket of water in the garage, to keep them cool, for a couple of weeks. But now that they are in the dining room the warmth of the house and the light from the windows will give them the boost they need to push out even more flowers and leaves!
The first thing I did when I brought them in was to cut the branches on a diagonal. The branches were so thick I could not cut them under water so I quickly cut them with a small saw and got them immediately into the urn filled with water and a bit of cut flower preservative. I love Flora Life cut flower preservative. You can find a link to it at the bottom of this post. If you don’t have flower preservative you can use one bottle of lemon-lime soda per gallon of water.
Now it’s time to make a few cuts going up the branch from the diagonal cut. I did not do this with mine because the branches were too thick and hard to cut with a knife. If you are forcing thinner branches this is a good idea to do.
Time to arrange your branches. They look better in a container that lets the branches spread out. I used a big gray urn I found at HomeGoods.
Now all I have to do is make sure the water gets changed every couple days so it does not get stagnant.
Here are more branches that can easily be forced:
- crab apple
- bradford pears
- pussy willows (no blooms but green leaves)
- witch hazel
- red bud
- tulip magnolia
There are many other branches that will bloom in your home! If it blooms on a tree, give it a try!
I find branches to force in my backyard, friend’s yards, and at shops like Terrain or any garden shop.
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