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How To Force Fruit Tree Branches into Bloom

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How To Force Fruit Tree Branches - LivingHomegrown.com

How To Force Fruit Tree Branches - LivingHomegrown.com

Every time we winter prune our fruit trees (which is a good thing to do), we are cutting off potential blooms.

It can’t be helped.

But rather than compost those cut branches, we can force them to flower and enjoy them as a cut flower bouquet during the winter months.

Up until recently, I had never forced a fruit tree branch before.

Instead, I had forced branches of pussy willow and forsythia and I had forced various spring bulbs. It just never occurred to me to force a fruit tree branch – Probably because I wasn’t pruning dozens of trees at a time as I do now.

But starting a few years ago, I began forcing some of the cuttings from the winter pruning of our heirloom orchard in Northern California.

In fact, I fill my suitcase to the brim with cuttings to force when I get home every time.

It is incredibly easy and in this post, I tell you how.

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Designing Gardens on a Teeny-Tiny Scale

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Here is a miniature garden I created in a small enamel pan. I have made several of these and they always turn out charming. This one has a tiny...

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My friend Helen discovered this fun little garden project and it worked perfectly in her garden. It is a tower of clay pots that seem to defy gravity. The...

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Miniature Terrariums

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Remember my post on the tabletop “air plant” terrarium a few weeks ago? Well, check out these miniature terrariums created by Amy Whitman, a horticulturist at Gardener’s Supply Company....

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Gardening With An “Altitude” Means Garden Blooms at 8,000 Feet

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I missed July’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day because I was enjoying a week long trip in Colorado visiting my brother and sister-in-law. They have a horse ranch and while...

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