Who said we have to wait until spring to enjoy fresh blooms? There are many early blooming plants that you can bring inside and start enjoying the blooms Right now.
Here are some easy tips on How to Force Blooms for Winter Flowers. Forsythia, Quince and Fruit Blossoms are among my favorite.
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Are you ready? Grab your pruning shears and get started bringing a little sunshine to the inside.
When to Force Blooms
January & February are perfect months to bring those bare branches inside and watch them bloom.
I’ve had great success with forsythia, quince and most fruit stems. This includes, peach, plums & cherry stems.
Most early blooming plants set their buds in the fall. They then need to be dormant for at least 6 weeks prior to forcing.
All you need is to cut the branches with pruning shears and keep them moist until you are ready to arrange the stems.
Once you are ready to arrange, you will want to make a fresh angled cut to the stem.
If the stem is woody, you will want to either cut upward into the stem or gently crush the stem.
Cut off any branches that would be inside the container under water.
Next fill your container with fresh water and arrange your stems.
If your container isn’t water tight, you can use another vessel to hold the water. Here I’m using a large tin can inside the Vintage Sap Bucket.
Replace the water every few days to keep the stems from molding.
As you can see even the bare branches look lovely in the right container. I will update this post as they begin to bloom.
Forced Stems and Forced Bulbs
In addition to forcing stems to bloom, you can also add bulbs to planters. Daffodils, Paperwhites and Tulips are all beautiful mixed with stems in Winter.
Here are 3 Paper white bulbs already showing their buds. You can see more about the DIY Greenhouse Here.
Place Stems in a Warm Spot to Speed Forcing
Keep your arrangement in a warm area of your home. To speed up the process, you can place in a warm window that receives a lot of sunshine.
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After one week of forcing the blooms we are starting to see a few yellow buds.
After just 2 weeks and 3 days, the stems are really filling in with blooms. There are still several buds ready to open soon.
Forced Blooms from Previous Seasons
Here you can see forced Forsythia blooms from last winter.
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Here you can see plum blooms mixed with a button bush stem.
A great way to use forced blooms is to mix them with your seasonal décor.