Horticulture

WORCESTER GARDEN CLUB

Bring Spring Indoors

Try Forcing Some Branches!

TIPS for FORCING FLOWERING BRANCHES

Apple, peach, cherry, pussy willow, forsythia, azalea, rhododendron

• Early spring flowering scrubs and trees as the above, can be forced to bloom after at least 8 weeks of cold weather (under 40 degrees) ( in this zone anytime after February should suffice).

• Select young branches that are well-budded (plump and rounded)

cherry blossoms in a vase

apple blossoms


• Select branches that are at least 1-3 ft long, pruning flush with main branch or trunk

• Immerse entire branch in water (slit hard branches) and soak for 3-4 hours

• Simulate spring conditions by placing branches in cool spot (60-65 degrees), in light but NOT direct sun, slowly increasing light

• Keep moist by misting; change water often

• When color appears, flowers are ready for arranging. A cool night spot will prolong growth.

For details see link, growit.com