The winter months get a little dreary, don’t they? Add structure, height and colorful blooms indoors by forcing branches to bloom. From mid-January on, you can pick a mild, sunny day to cut stems from one of the following shrubs:
- Pussy Willow
The warmest part of day is best. Make sure the temperature is well above freezing. Find branches that are medium in size with lots of buds. Some should be beginning to open. Cut the stems on a diagonal, then rough up the area around the cut with a hammer which will allow as much water as possible to get into the branch. Place in a vase with warm water in a warm room but not in direct sunlight. Replace water every two days to keep bacteria at bay. Branches will begin to bloom in one to six weeks.
You don’t need to be a professional florist to add structure and interest to you home, and it will allow you to love your space now and give you a trick up your sleeve if you are planning to sell your house soon. If I see you prowling around your neighborhood looking for branches, I promise not to tell!