It's that time of year again when you can enjoy blooming branches inside your home! Nothing brings the outside in like blooming branches and they're very easy to force.
Simply look for branches that have lots of buds on them. This indicates they are sufficient to be forced.
Then cut to desired length.
If the stems are especially fibrous or large I either cut a slit into the stem or crush the ends of the stem with a hammer to help them absorb the water faster.
Next, place in very warm water.
We are currently forcing peach and forsythia at the shop. Next up cherry and apple, even dogwood. Dogwood can be a little finicky in water and even though it's given me a few scares over the years when needing them for an event, it is still one of my favorites. That's nature for ya.