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How To Force Fruit Tree Branches into Bloom

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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