Friday, February 26, 2010

IN THE GARDEN: Forcing Branches

This is the time of year, here in New England, to put on boots, find the felcro pruners and go outside to cut branches. Starting early in February, branches such as forsythia and witch hazel can be cut and forced. Once the branches are brought inside, find the tallest vessel on hand ( I use a very tall French flower bucket), stand it in the sink, fill it to the top with tepid water and then the branches. Allow the branches to stay immersed for 3-4 hours. Remove branches from bucket, cut ends of branches and arrange in a decorative water filled vase.

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