If you are tired of winter try this trick to jump start spring by forcing flowering branches To bloom indoors.
If you are like me you most likely are very tired of winter. If you have access to any shrubs or trees that flower in the spring, you can cut a few stems of buds and bring them indoors. Once inside you can force the buds to go ahead and open so you can have your first blooming flowers of the year even while you wait for the sporadic snow falls to finally be over for the year.
As long as your flowering shrub or tree has a stem or branch that has some full buds on it you can force them to open. Coastal HG shares the steps to forcing blooms. They give us a list of the blooms to bring inside and force into blooming.
Forsythia (Forsythia): Easy-to-force branches with yellow flowers in one to three weeks. Consider Forsythia x intermedia ‘Golden Times’ with variegated yellow and green foliage.
Poplar (Populus): Long-lasting, drooping catkins show in three weeks.
Witch Hazel (Hamamelis): Fragrant yellow blossoms arrive in a week.
Quince (Chaenomeles): Red to orange flowers bloom after four weeks.
Cherry (Prunus): In two to four weeks, expect aromatic white or pink flowers.
Pussy Willow (Salix): Fun, furry flowers appear in one to two weeks and are easily dried after blooming.
Apple and Crabapple (Malus): Red, pink and white blossoms reward you after two to four weeks.
Lilac (Syringa): Displays their many colors after four to five weeks.
Mock Orange (Philadelphus): Very fragrant white flowers appear after four to five weeks.” I think these times may be different in different areas because here in WI I am seeing no buds just yet.
What a great way to get a head start of spring. Some of these flowering trees blossoms smell beautiful when they bloom outdoors. I wonder if they give off their scent when they are forced. I need to find some and check it out.
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