Flowering Branches

Wild plum blossoms are the very first sign of spring in my corner of the country and to me represent hope. A forest of bare-branched trees with a few covered in white popcorn-like blooms is a sight I look forward to each spring.

A trick of the trade: when fruit trees begin to swell with buds, they can be cut and forced to bloom indoors. Make a clean cut and slit the end of the branch so it has more surface area to drink water. Place branches in warm water with floral preservative. Blooms will begin to pop open within a week or two. Replace water often and you’ll get 3-4 weeks out of the branches! Check out my blog post, “Forcing blossoms from fruit branches” for complete instructions.
Wild plum blossoms are the very first sign of spring in my corner of the country and to me represent hope. A forest of bare-branched trees with a few covered in white popcorn-like blooms is a sight I look forward to each spring.

A trick of the trade: when fruit trees begin to swell with buds, they can be cut and forced to bloom indoors. Make a clean cut and slit the end of the branch so it has more surface area to drink water. Place branches in warm water with floral preservative. Blooms will begin to pop open within a week or two. Replace water often and you’ll get 3-4 weeks out of the branches! Check out my blog post, “Forcing blossoms from fruit branches” for complete instructions.

Flower Facts

SEASON

spring

COLORS

white, pink

COMPANIONS

Large branches alone in a tall, wide-mouthed vase make a beautiful statement. They can also be used as the backbone of large floral arrangements with anemones, ranunculus and other spring beauties.

GALLERY

Be inspired with bouquets and arrangements that feature the Flowering Branches

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