Who says you have to wait until Spring to add some wonderful blooms to your home decor. Spring arrives early to your house when you learn how to force Spring blooms, creating wonderful eye-candy during these final cold winter months.
Forcing Spring blooms is easier then one might think and definitely worth the effort. First step is to collect ornamental branches from the trees and bushes right outside your door. MasterPlan has an easy to follow tutorial on how to properly collect your branches.
Of course, when learning how to force Spring blooms, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with which ones would work best for you. We put together a list of the easiest branches to force into lovely blooming indoor eye-candy. Most all of them have a “woody” free-form that we think is unique.
- Flowering Quince, Japanese Quince (Chaenomeles) – Quince branches can be cut for forcing from February to mid-March. They need between 2-5 weeks of forcing and blooms will last 4-7 days.
- Flowering Pear (Pyrus calleryana) – Cut branches for forcing in late January to mid-March and force for 2-5 weeks. Flowering branches will last 7-14 days.
- Japanese Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata) – These beautiful cherries can be forced into bloom when cut in late January through mid-March. They need 2-4 weeks of forcing and once blooming will last for 7-14 days.
- Flowering Plum (Prunus triloba) – Cut branches in late January through February and force for 3-4 weeks. Blooms last about 10 days.
- Flowering Peach (Prunus persica) – Cut branches in early February and force for 4-5 weeks. Blooms usually last about 7 days.
- Dogwood (Cornus florida) – Dogwood branches are best cut in mid-March and forced for 2-4 weeks. The blooms will last from 7-10 days indoors.
- Crabapple and Apple (Malus spp.) – Cut branches of crabapples and apples in mid-March and force for 2-3 weeks. Blooms will last for about 7 days.
- Forsythia can be cut from February to mid-March. They will bloom in 1-3 weeks and the flowers will usually last for about 7 days.
- Pussy Willow (Salix spp.) – Begin cutting in February. Remove the bud scales and force for 1-2 weeks. Once the buds become fuzzy, take the branches out of the water and allow them to dry. The catkins will last for a long time if treated this way.
- Lilac (Syringa) should be harvested in early March. They take 4-6 weeks of forcing and the flowers will last from 3-7 days indoors.
Forcing Spring blooms is the perfect way to brighten up your home either during the winter months or even between the holidays. What are your favorite branches or bulbs to force to bloom?
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