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Forcing Twigs & Stems to Bloom In Winter
Longing for Springtime? Then force Spring blooms to come early!
Give Mother Nature a helping hand by forcing a naked branch to sprout blossoms! Of course, your branch, twig or stem must come from a blooming tree--like a cherry or pear tree. Forsythia is also a good bush from which to trim a stem to encourage to bloom.
Nothing can make your winter seem brighter than forcing Springtime to come early! It is so easy to do. You can, also, "force" bulbs to shoot up cheerful blossoms or you can force your flowers from twigs or tree branches indoors.
It is easy. It is cheap. You can do it! Watching those little buds emerge is the perfect pick-me-up activity for those cold dreary days of winter.
Keep scrolling to find instructions for this easy winter project!
(the Spring blossom image here is "Hope" from Bonnie Bruno Photography on Etsy-used with permission)
How I forced my blooms at home
Say goodbye to the weary winter!
At the end of February, I decided to bring color inside and cheer up my dreary house. What did it cost me? Nothing but time. Here is how I did it.
I went out in my yard to a tree that I know has blooms in the Spring. I think it is a "cherry" tree. I chose a few small branches and clipped them using garden snips. I brought the twigs inside and put them in a vase with water and a little dash of household bleach. Then I waited and watched for the little pink buds. Five days later, I was rewarded for my time with lovely light pink buds that turned into blossoms you see in my photo.
I am a total amateur and made some mistakes in choosing my branches, so I found some instructions from pros and will do a better job next year. Keep scrolling down to read the best instructions I could find for forcing twigs and branches to bloom inside.
(the image of those pink blossoms is mine; use with attribution.)
Prep Time: less than 1 hour to assemble
Total Time: Blooming begins sometimes in less than 1 week.
Serves: Everyone who visits your home
- Budded Branches from flowering trees-- best if they are at least 12 inches long
- Warm Water
- Garden Twine
- Cut-flower food (purchased; for a home-made additive
- see the 'recipe' further down the page)
- Sturdy Vase
- Clip 12-inch or longer budded branches using clean pruners. Put them in a bucket of warm water with 1 tablespoon of bleach and a packet of cut-flower food. Keep branches in a cool spot - 50 to 60 degrees - out of the direct sun. Mist frequently. When the flowers just begin to emerge (you can see a hint of color in the bud), begin to make your arrangement.
- Remove the budding branches and secure them in bundles with garden twine. Arrange them in your heavy-bottomed vase. Place the vase in full or indirect light. Add fresh water and cut-flower food and change the water every few days to help increase the life of the arrangement of your blooming branches.
- Need something? Click: Supplies for cutting twigs and forcing them to bloom.
Reference for forcing twigs and stems to keep on your shelf at home: - learn to force flowering bulbs, too!
Have this handy reference book on your shelf so you can refer to it all year long. Books are so much more permanent than webpages.
This book has many positive reviews.
Video Instructions for Forcing Branches to Bloom - Tricking branches to flower inside:
Videos provided just in case you want to learn more about how to trick those flowering twigs or branches from blooming trees to flower inside.
Recipe for cut-flower food or floral additive:
An easy to make flower arrangement preservative.
Use a floral additive to make sure you do not get any nasty bacteria in the water.
It is easy to make your own.
Mix in one gallon of water:
4 tablespoons of lemon juice from a real lemon (you might need two)
2 tablespoons of regular table sugar
teaspoon of liquid bleach.
Use this to put in the bucket or vase. You will not have to change every other day but do change the water at least 2 times a week.
(Floral additive can be purchased in powder form and used as well.)
Choose from these spring blooming trees for your twigs to force - (click each blooming image to find out the type of bush or tree it is)Click thumbnail to view full-size
Ideas to Decorate your home using forced branches and twigs: - Additional Forcing Instructions
If you need inspiration for using these twigs of spring, visit the websites below. One of the sites shows how using different vases or containers can dress your home up nice and cozy.
- Habiatually Chic: Forcing Spring
Wonderful ideas for using the forced twigs in you home decorating.
- Forcing Branches | How to Force Branches into Blooming Early
Forcing Branches | How to Force Branches into Blooming Early
Thanks for visiting!
I hope you enjoyed the information and the "forced" images here. No twigs or stems were harmed in the making of this page.
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