Here are some great spring blooms to cure your winter blues!  Check out these beautiful branches, most of which will last in your home for weeks at a time and cost less than an overpriced bunch of short lived market flowers.

  • Flowering Quince, Japanese Quince (Chaenomeles) – Quince branches can be cut for forcing from February to mid-March. They need between 2-5 weeks of forcing and blooms will last 4-7 days.
  • Flowering Pear (Pyrus calleryana) – Cut branches for forcing in late January to mid-March and force for 2-5 weeks. Flowering branches will last 7-14 days.
  • Japanese Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata) – These beautiful cherries can be forced into bloom when cut in late January through mid-March. They need 2-4 weeks of forcing and once blooming will last for 7-14 days.   
  • Flowering Plum (Prunus triloba) – Cut branches in late January through February and force for 3-4 weeks. Blooms last about 10 days.
  • Flowering Peach (Prunus persica) – Cut branches in early February and force for 4-5 weeks. Blooms usually last about 7 days.
  • Dogwood (Cornus florida) – Dogwood branches are best cut in mid-March and forced for 2-4 weeks. The blooms will last from 7-10 days indoors.
  • Crabapple and Apple (Malus spp.) – Cut branches of crabapples and apples in mid-March and force for 2-3 weeks. Blooms will last for about 7 days.
  • Forsythia can be cut from February to mid-March. They will bloom in 1-3 weeks and the flowers will usually last for about 7 days.  
  • Pussy Willow (Salix spp.) – Begin cutting in February. Remove the bud scales and force for 1-2 weeks. Once the buds become fuzzy, take the branches out of the water and allow them to dry. The catkins will last for a long time if treated this way.
  • Lilac (Syringa) should be harvested in early March. They take 4-6 weeks of forcing and the flowers  will last from 3-7 days indoors.

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