Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Gardening 101: Bring A Little Spring Indoors

Bring spring indoors. If you, like me, live where it continues to snow and spring just cant seem to get-a-going, bring some deciduous flowering tree or shrub branches indoors. Forcing branches indoors is easy and a colorful addition to your home decor.

Follow these simple fool proof (me + gardening = FOOL) steps.

When temperatures rise above freezing, cut branches that have many plump buds.

Place cut branches in a container of warm water and re-cut 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the base of the stem.

Place containers in a warm room 60 to 70° F (15 to 21° C). To ignite your inner MARTHA, place the branches in a rustic styled vase.

It can take one to eight weeks for the flowers to bloom. The closer to their natural bloom time that you cut the branches, the sooner they will open and fill your house with a beautiful spring aroma.

A few tree/shrub suggestions to try are:
Flowering almond, cherry, plum (Prunus), Lilac (Syringa), Pussy willow (Salix caprea), Crabapple (Malus), Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

Happy Gardening!

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