Branches Into Bloom Indoors
officially here, but, here in Ontario, with the warmer
weather a few weeks away, you can still force branches of some
of your favourite shrubs and trees into bloom indoors,
bringing the fragrance and excitement of Spring early
into your home.
branches, you must cut them, bring them indoors, provide
spring-like warmth and a generous amount of water.
First, gather branches from your garden. The
easiest branches to force are early-season bloomers, but
experiment with any of the deciduous shrubs or trees in
your garden. Apple, crab apple, forsythia, bridal
wreath spirea and pussy willow branches will all provide
a pretty show.
branches indoors and cut each branch again with sharp
bypass pruners on a 45° angle and, to encourage water
absorption, split the branch about 2 inches up from the
cut end. Submerge in a deep bucket of water
treated with floral food or with a some bleach and white
branches with water and cover with a garbage bag to
provide a consistent moist environment. Ideally
the branches should be kept for 1-2 weeks in a cool
(from 10-15° Celsius) environment while coaxing the
branches are ready (about 1-2 weeks) arrange them in
pretty containers and place in a room temperature
location that is bright but not in direct sunlight.
Remember that these arrangements tend to be top heavy so
use a solid vase weighted down with garden pebbles if
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