Winter can feel like it drowns on, particularly when snow is scarce and temperatures are below freezing. Its at this time that those of us that garden or enjoy a good plant get a little anxious for spring. To help alleviate the stir crazy feelings you can do a few things to bring spring indoors. You can force bulbs or spring shrubs and ornamental trees into blooming early. The best part is that with a little patience, its one of the easiest things to do.
- Gather supplies: Pruners, display vase, plant fertilizer
- Pick the spring blooming shrub or ornamental tree in your yard you enjoy the most.
- Then, with a set of pruners snip off twelve + inches of branch at the end in 3 different locations where you can see the tiny buds. Ideally you want more than a foot of branch as you will be trimming it once more inside and you want it taller than the vase you will be using.
- Bring all three + branches indoors and prune out any dead dried up pieces of the branches.
- Prepare your vase, filling it with cool water and fertilizer.
- Then at an angle, make a new cut at the bottom of the branch and place it in the vase. This allows the branch to drink up the water you are placing it in.
- Place the vase in a warm sunny location near a south facing window.
- Now wait. Within a few days you should see the buds start to get bigger and begin to open.
Keep your water fresh with a little fertilizer and enjoy the bloom!
Forcing bulbs is similar. The difference is that bulbs require 12-14 weeks of chill or cold temperatures to prepare to bloom. Storing the bulbs in a cool, dark and dry location can achieve this. Plant the bulbs root side down in a shallow flower pot and cover with soil and moss if you prefer. Once chilled place in the warm sunny location, water and watch grow!