Having spring blooms especially when it is still cold can be a nice home project, and will brighten your interiors, instantly. It may not sound that easy but with proper knowledge and technique; you will definitely find this project simple and manageable. In fact, there are no required skills to forced spring blooms.
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- Working gloves
- Pruning shears or scissors
- Plant container (bottles, vases, or jars)
- Floral preservatives
Choose your preferred shrubs or trees
- Flowering squince
- Red Maple
- Apricot Cherry
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- Cut the branch of the shrubs or trees. Make sure that you carefully identify the swollen or plump buds before cutting.
- Trim the ends of the branch. Remove any twig at about 3 – 4 inches from its bottom.
- Slit the branch in different directions. It should be around ½ inch long. Use the pruning shear or sharp scissors to perform this step. Mash the ends of the slit into a hard surface. This will allow the ends to splay and encourage water absorption.
- Submerge the branch completely in a container of cold to lukewarm water. Have the branches soaked overnight.
- Position the branch upright in your container and place it in a cool and dark area. A basement or hall closet will do. Leave the branch until buds are beginning to show signs of growth. This is about a week or two depending on the type of branch you choose.
- Then, relocate the plant into your desired location.
The whole process doesn’t end in relocation. You should take care of the plant more than ever. Perform a normal maintenance procedure just like any other plant. You will be surprise that you just did it!
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