Flowering branches our one of our most treasured spring gifts. They're architectural, softly striking, and a harbinger of warm days to come. Parrot tulips, cherry blossoms in pink or white, forsythia...it's hard to pick a favorite.
To celebrate their annual arrival, we've assembled our best tips for prepping, forcing, and maintaining blossoming spring branches.
1. Upon bringing branches home, smash woody ends with a hammer or cut in an 'x' pattern to allow for maximum water absorption.
2. Place the branches in water in a cool spot out of the direct sunlight. The blossoms will take several days to begin to open but will last longer when stored in a cool climate.
3. If you need to speed the bloom time, place your container in a warmer spot to expedite the flower's opening.
4. When blossoms begin to open, place branches one at a time in a sturdy vessel, trimming ends to vary in height. Don't fuss over symmetry. Start with denser, heavier branches to create a base, then fill in with remaining trimmings and off-shoots.
5. Refresh water every few days and enjoy for weeks to come.