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.
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,
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