Promote Flower Bloom Indoors
Fill your indoor living space this winter with beautiful flowers by forcing both your trees and shrubs to bloom, this technique will trick your spring trees and shrubs into thinking it’s spring even though it’s winter. Having that color pop as you connect with nature indoors is pretty amazing, forcing your indoor plants to produce flowers is a great way to get a jump start on the season, especially during the winter months.
If you’re interested in knowing how this is done then continue reading as we discussed this simple yet effective technique that so many people are using even in the wintertime to brighten their days.
When can I start?
Begin collecting branches as soon as the flower buds begin to swell in mid to late winter, the branches that are chosen should be at least 12 inches long. Ensure however that the branches you’re forcing to bloom have several plump buds. With a sharp hand pruner that is sterilized and in good repair remove branches from the tree or shrub.
Forcing Trees and Shrubs to Bloom indoors
Take your branches indoors split or make a slit in the branch 4 inches up the branch, next trim an inch of the base. The next step is to submerge the branches in a container or bucket of warm water overnight.
The following day remove the branches and place them in a vase or whatever container has been chosen, the water in the container or vase should be warm. The flowering branches should be placed in a room between 50 and 70 degrees F. (10-21 C.).
Avoid placing your cuttings in direct light which can burn both the branch and the flowers, instead bright indirect light is ideal forcing your branches to bloom.
When will branches begin to bloom?
It normally takes anywhere from 1 to 8 weeks for branches to bloom indoors, depending on the tree or the shrub that the branches were taken from may take a bit longer. For example pussy willow and forsythia will generally take 1 to 3 weeks to flower, forcing magnolia to flower may take 3 to 5 weeks, crabapple and apple may take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks. The closer it is to the plant’s normal bloom time or period outdoors the less time it will need to be forced to bloom indoors.
Additional information for forcing trees and shrubs to bloom indoors
1. Branches will bloom faster indoors when the temperatures are higher, however, lower temperatures will produce blooms that are of higher quality along with lasting longer.
2. Ensure that the water is changed often in the container or vase where you are forcing branches to bloom, this will encourage the flowers on the branches to last longer.
3. To keep your flowering branches looking healthy ensure the temperature they are growing in is always cool.
What tools will I need?
- A sharp hand pruner in good repair should only be used a dull blade will rip the branches which will encourage disease.
- Isopropyl alcohol- alcohol is used to sterilize your hand pruner because what you want to avoid is using an infected pruner on cuttings which may encourage disease. The alcohol can be poured onto a clean piece of cloth and then gently wipe the hand pruner’s blade or 2-3 tablespoons of alcohol can be added to a 32-0z bottle filled with water thoroughly and then sprayed onto the pruner’s blade and wipe clean.
Plants that bloom indoors from cuttings
- Flowering quince
- Flowering almond
- Horse chestnut
- Pussy willow
The final word on forcing trees and shrubs to bloom indoors
Your winter months can be filled with lots of flower bloom by following this proven method, what I also love is this technique can be used year-round so you can always have a colorful interior as you connect with nature. If what you have read has sparked an interest then go for it you will be so happy with the results as you welcome the winter months.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.