Forcing Branches Indoors, Right on Your Kitchen Counter!

Happy Springtime, friends!

I know last week was the first week of Spring, but I must say Spring has not come soon enough for me. My bulbs are already coming up in the yard, always the crocus first. The last few years I’ve forced bulbs in my kitchen, a really easy way to hurry up Spring and bring some brightness into our lives during the gloomy winter months.

I also love the beauty of forced branches!

What does forcing branches mean? Just like forcing bulbs, you are fooling the branches into thinking it’s time for Spring and it’s time to bloom! It’s very simple and only takes a tiny bit of creativity.

Here’s what you need to know about forcing branches:

– What’s in your yard and what is first to bloom
– An eye for what colors/blooms you want inside
– Sharp pruners
– Choose a branch that has the most buds
– Large vase/water
– Visualize in what room you want to display them

Now that Spring is here, watch out! Once you bring the branches inside they will probably bloom rather quickly.

Enjoy the beauty and invite some friends over for a visit or a nice dinner.

Sometimes I think we need little reminders about hospitality: “Oh, yes, we should really have so-and-so over for dinner!” Right?

So just call and make it happen!

And even though it’s raining outside, revel in the that fact that Spring is here.

For me, it’s right on my kitchen counter!

Did you force bulbs inside this winter, or what about Spring flowers or blossoms?

13 comments on “Forcing Branches Indoors, Right on Your Kitchen Counter!”

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  2. I love this! What a beautiful way to bring the beauty of Spring right into the house! It may be awhile before I see any kind of budding branches, but this is definitely tops on my to do list! Such a great tip, Sandy.

  3. Thanks for the inspiration, I am going to do this! I hope I can run between the RAIN and get some cuttings:):) XO, Pinky

  4. We have never done this before. I have several fruit trees along a path I walk I will have to take my clippers and snip me some branches. It is always nice to find free ways to brighten your home. Thanks Sandy.
    Blessings to you and yours

  5. I do this every year, love having them in my kitchen.
    Happy Spring

  6. I love bringing the outdoors in.

  7. I LOVE the idea of forcing camellias in the house! Had no idea you could do this! If only my camellia had any buds left, but she’s just about finished. The apple tree, however…

  8. I haven’t done it…I don’t have anything on my property that really blooms )C: I’ll have to try it sometime

  9. I didn’t know that was possible! Can’t wait to try it with my Dwarf Crabapple in Pink-Fun :)

  10. That is a great idea! Are your branches from a camellia bush? My parents have a gorgeous one! We have all pine trees :)
    Your comment about, “So just call and make it happen!” made me chuckle. There’s a new couple at church that we’ve been trying to have over for about 3 weekends running now. But every time we say we’ll confirm it at church the next time, they don’t show up! Grr! But we totally should just call and make it happen–how did you know? ;) Thanks for the reminder!

  11. What a great idea. I’ve never done that. I told my hubby I want to have a plot tilled up so I can plant cut flowers for my table. I love having flowers inside.

  12. I LOVE this idea. OK now where are my pruners? Hmm on second thought just grab the scrapbook scissors. Its all about improvising these days over here :)

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