One of the ways that I satisfy my craving for spring, is by forcing arching branches of forsythia to bloom indoors. At Connecticut Country House, towards the end of February, is when I venture outside armed with a pair of sharp Fiskars hand pruners, clip a bunch of branches laden with buds, plunk them into a bucket of water and bring them inside.
Simple steps to get them to bloom:
- Re-cut the stems on the diagonal, to desired length.
- Remove any buds or twigs that would fall under the water line.
- Slightly crush about an inch or so of the ends with a hammer. (This increases the surface area and enables the hollow stems to absorb more water.)
- Arrange freshly crushed stems in a tall vase or bucket of warm water.
- Place in a warm, light-filled spot.
- Be patient. Depending upon how far along the buds were at the time of the clipping will determine how quickly they’ll bloom.
Before you know it, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful display of golden yellow blossoms that’ll help chase away winter blahs, and say an early hello to spring!
I hope you give it a try!