Thursday, February 28, 2013

Forcing forysthia branches indoors

Do you have a forsythia bush or two?
Are you tired of winter?
Do you have a brown thumb?
Would you like a fabulous floral arrangement for free?  

Goooooood.  You are in the right place!

Go outside and cut some branches off of your bush.  

Split the bottom of the stems, so the branches can take up extra water.  Use a knife or pruners.

Fill a vase with water, and plunk your stems in.
Now wait a week or two (changing and adding water as needed), and suddenly you will have a spectacular vase of bright yellow flowers.  


I am patiently waiting for mine to bloom.  Right now the buds are starting to swell, and it will probably start to bloom in about a week.  

I love forsythia because it is the first big color that spring brings.  And I also love it left untrimmed - it is so exuberant!  Forsythia left is it's natural growth pattern looks like crazy yellow fireworks, and that is a very good thing.  Please don't trim yours into tidy little boxes or spheres.  Please?

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  1. I love forsythia, always had some in my yard in years past. I let it grow and do its thing! I will pick up a bunch and put it in a vase, see what happens. xo

  2. It's so pretty! I love using sticks. There's just something so earthy and lovely about bringing them in and using them for decor.

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  3. Thanks so much for putting out these instructions. I have been wanting to know how to do this, we just moved into a new house (1969) house with mature bushes, and I'd like to try this!! Question: Can you clip them too early?? I'm so glad I stopped by, you have a lovely blog.

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  5. What a great idea....I have always wanted a forsythia bush and I didn't know you could do this....

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  6. this flowers looks so beautiful..I wish we had a bush like this. thanks for stopping by my blog.

  7. Hi Lisa. I love forcing flowers. The forsythia bushes are beautiful but I never got around to planting one. I do force the flowering cherry and usually have no problem, but this year, for whatever reason, it didn't work. The blooms came out so teeny tiny and not all of the branches popped??..Happy Weekend..Judy

  8. Looks beautiful! What a great idea - I'll have to see if that plant grows well here!

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  10. I wish we could grow forsythia here, but sadly I have to resort to the faux! Spring will be "in the air" as soon as all that loveliness starts blooming!

  11. We've got lots of forsythia just waiting to bloom - I might have to give it a little nudge!

  12. I have one bush - I had no idea you could force the blooms, giving it a try... And I've tried to "neatly" trim it but it has a mind of it's own - it's as wild as can be!

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