Beaux R'eves

Monday, February 9, 2015

Speeding Up Spring~Forcing Forsythia

It's about this time of year 
that I get the Winter Blahs...  
I am tired of looking out the window 
at the bare branches and the gray days...  
I yearn for green and all things Spring!  
When that happens, 
I remember my beautiful Forsythia plant 
that I have on the side yard

It's one of the first things 
to bloom in my yard, 
letting me know that Spring is here...  
Unfortunately, this is what it looks like now...  
But not to worry!  
February is the perfect month 
for Forcing Forsythia.  
Let's trick nature into thinking 
that Spring has arrived 
even though we have a ways to go.  

Step one:  Pick a day that is above freezing 
and go out and cut your branches less than three feet long.  
Step Two:  Place them in a bucket of warm water.  
Now cut another 1/2 inch off under the water.  
Some people like to smash the stems with a hammer, 
you can do that if you like, 
but I like to cut them under the water...


Step Three:  Wait a few hours and change the water.  
When you put the new water in use a floral additive 
or you can make your own.  

Recipe:
1 Quart of warm water
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of bleach
1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Now, cut another 1/2 inch or so off of the stems, 
again under the water.  
Keep the flowers in a sunny place 
to encourage them to bloom.  
In about a week or so 
you will have pretty blooming branches!
It's my favorite thing to do!  
Bringing a little Spring indoors!  


Until Next Time,

Beaux R'eves,

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Kim said...

Oh boy, I wish I could force spring right about it now! I would have to trudge through several feet of snow to get to my for forsythia...but it would be worth it for a few bright blooms!!

Erin Kaven said...

Always remember the forsythia outside my bedroom window as a child in PA. To warm here in FL to grow. Miss them.

SLL said...

Hello. Can you do this with other plants? I love the smell of my lilac bush or the look of my azaleas. Would those work too? Thank you

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I had 2 huge forsythia bushes at the old house and MISS them! Wish I had some right now!!!

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