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Forcing Tree Stems

Forcing Tree Stems

We are smack in the middle of a long cold winter and that darn groundhog says it won’t be over soon. Today I’m going to show you how to bring a little spring indoors by forcing tree stems.

Cutting stems of spring flowering trees and bringing them indoors reminds me that everything is just sleeping. You can clearly see the fat fuzzy buds on this Royal Star Magnolia waiting for warmer temperatures.

Magnolias, Forsythias, and Willows are the easiest to force into bloom since they are also among the first plants to bloom. With a little patience, Crabapples, Eastern Redbuds, Corneliancherry Dogwoods, even Maple Trees will brighten your house, too.

Make fresh cuts on your branches and place them in a vase of cool water. Place them in a cool well-lit location, not next to the heater, and change the water every 2-3 days. You don’t want the water to get scummy or start smelling. This vase has an assortment of Magnolia, Forsythia, Corneliancherry Dogwood, and Redbud stems.