IF YOU CAN’T BEAR ANOTHER DAY OF WINTER — and who can blame you — then I suggest you run out and clip an armful of dormant crabapple branches. I did just that three weeks ago. As you can see from the photos I took this morning, the twigs have flowered without a hitch.
It’s great fun to watch the blossoms emerge. They start out as little rose-colored bumps along a branch, and then open pink, before finally fading to white. And the blooms last for weeks in a cool (65F max) room. What a dazzling May picture they make against a background of snow.
Not sure how to treat the branches once you cut them? Have a look at my easy forcing program for forsythia and other spring-flowering shrubs and trees.
If you don’t have any spring-flowering trees or shrubs on your property, try forcing the well-budded branches of maple, beech, and other deciduous trees. These, if placed in water and set before a bright window, will unfurl their red, copper or green foliage in no time at all.
Got branches? You’ve got a fabulous bouquet. I promise.
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