Forcing forsythia and other spring-flowering branches

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Despite the (slightly) milder weather and lovely sunshine, things look pretty drab outside. So, while Mother Nature sorts herself out after this long winter, I’m going to bring a little sunshine indoors by forcing some forsythia branches. You can do this with any early spring deciduous bloomer, like dogwood, cherry and magnolia.

Simply head outside with a pair of nice, sharp pruners and select your branches. Be sure not to take them all from one spot. Cut the branches longer than you need and bring them inside. Fill your vase with warm water, and trim the branches to size. Before arranging them in the vase, make some small cuts up the ends or give the base of each branch a little smush with a hammer. Place the vase in indirect sunlight. It will take anywhere from one to three weeks for the wee buds to bloom.

This photo was taken May 2, 2013. I'm going to have to muster up a lot of patience as I wait for my forsythia to bloom outdoors.

This photo of my forsythia hedge was taken May 2, 2013. I’m going to have to muster up a lot of patience as I wait for my forsythia to bloom outdoors!

* What do you like to force each spring?

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3 Responses to Forcing forsythia and other spring-flowering branches

  1. Nugget says:

    I am forcing some redbud branches (after selective pruning to shape the tree). It’s a breath of spring with the tiny pink flowers against the grey bark!

    • savvygardening says:

      Ooh, they sound just lovely! Would love to see a photo if you are comfortable posting them on our Facebook page 🙂 ~ Tara

  2. greensoiltea says:

    Forcing Cuttings with Haven Brand #MooPooTea by Teresa Byington > http://thegardendiary.com/2013/01/20/forsythia-roses-life/

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