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Forcing branches to flower inside.

Chris21711
February 13th, 2010, 06:18 PM
This year I want to cut some branches off of my Pussy Willow and Crabapple trees and bring them inside to force their flowering, it'll be the first time I try this.

Question: Should I cut them now, or wait a bit longer?

luckypenny
February 13th, 2010, 06:22 PM
I don't think it really matters as long as they have sufficient light/heat/humidity :shrug:. I tried that a couple of years ago but Penny just thought I brought chew sticks in the house for her :frustrated:.

Winston
February 13th, 2010, 06:39 PM
Chris I googled it and came up with some stuff..heres one of the links for ya!

http://www.dailywebtv.com/hamilton/article/11919/It%E2%80%99s-a-Good-Time-to-Force-Branches-to-Bloom

Cindy

14+kitties
February 13th, 2010, 10:53 PM
You're feeling very energetic this year!! :thumbs up Or are you just pining away for spring m/f? :grouphug:
Got my fingers crossed Winston's method works for you. :fingerscr:fingerscr

Marcha
February 13th, 2010, 11:24 PM
I find that the best chance of forcing branches is to cut them once the buds are visible. Then I bring them in, have a vase with room temperature water ready, with 1/3 7-up or sprite mixed in. Then I cut the branches again, dip them in a thin layer of smooth unpasturized honey, and immediately put them in the vase. Then the vase goes in a sunny spot.

Macomom
February 14th, 2010, 08:39 AM
Marcha, what does all that sugar do to the branch? I am very curious ;)

Marcha
February 14th, 2010, 01:30 PM
It helps the branch to 'think' it's going to root.

Chris21711
February 14th, 2010, 06:07 PM
Thanks for the tips y'all...I'm excited to do this :D


I tried that a couple of years ago but Penny just thought I brought chew sticks in the house for her :frustrated:.

:laugh::laugh:

Or are you just pining away for spring m/f? :grouphug:

Yes :o

Got my fingers crossed Winston's method works for you. :fingerscr:fingerscr

It does say on there "when the temparature is 10 degrees, is that celcius or fahrenheit?.....thanks for the link Winston :thumbs up

Marcha has done it before, so I might try that route first :)

Marcha
February 14th, 2010, 07:50 PM
You can do it without the honey too, but I find it more hit 'n miss than with the honey.
Regarding F or C... 10F is -12C, which is quite significant frost. Any frost like that will instantly destroy the young buds. I'm sure the article is referring to Celcius.

But if I see a branch with buds, and it's close to freezing, I will transition the branches via the basement (the area in our home that isn't heated to room temperature) for a day. After a day of transition I bring 'm into the house.

Chris21711
February 16th, 2010, 12:57 PM
Thanks Marcha...they are forecasting warmer temperatures this week, I think that this week will be the time.....I'm excited :crazy: