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Forcing Branches to Bloom Inside

Posted on March 10, 2014 by SDG

Ready for spring?  I know I am, but New England is still giving us winter.  Let’s remedy that by forcing branches to flower inside.

Some suggested flowering trees and shrubs to force are:

Forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia)


Eastern Red Bud (Cercis Canadensis)


Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles sp.)


Crab Apple (Malus sp.)


Flowering Cherry/Plum (Prunus sp.)


Pussy Willow (Salix caprea)


Follow These Simple Instructions to Make Spring Happen Early in Your Home:

1.Find a flowering tree or shrub of your liking and cut medium sized branches 6-18 inches long with a lot of flower buds. When cutting the branch off of the tree it is best to choose branches that are in crowded areas of the tree so you are not taking away from the shape of the tree.  Be sure to cut right above a branch or side bud so there is no stub.

2. Bring the selected branches indoors.  Trim off small twigs and buds that will be submerged in the vase so they do not rot.  Slit the bottom 1/4-1/2 inch in several directions and then bruise the end of the stem so it absorbs water better.

3. Submerge the entire branch in lukewarm water overnight.

4. The following day, remove them and immediately place in a vase with warm water.

5. Move the vase into a partially shaded room, and once buds start to show some color, move them in a place with bright, indirect light.  Direct light can burn them.

6. Change the water every four days and keep the air cool to keep your flowers fresher longer.

7. Enjoy the color and scent of spring while it is still cold and snowy outside.

Sources of info:

Stone Finishes


Forcing Bulbs