Floral Friday ~ Blooming Branches
When the trees start budding, we know spring is soon to come. After this winter, the sooner the better!
When we receive blooming branches into our warehouses, they are in a mostly budding stage which helps prevent bloom breakage during shipping. Here are some tips to help force your flowering branches to bloom a little quicker.
- Once you receive your branches, recut the stems.
- Wrap the stems loosely in plastic and place in warm water. Wrapping in plastic maintains a humidity level that will allow the stems to absorb water and promote blooming. Forcing flowering branches will be faster at higher temperatures but you will have better and longer lasting flowers if they are kept at lower temperatures.
- The flowering branches will need bright, indirect light in order to bloom indoors properly. Direct light can be very intense and may burn the branches or flowers.
- The time it takes to force branches to bloom indoors is dependent on the variety of flowering branch you are trying to force and how close it was to blooming naturally outside.
- Check daily and when they start to blossom, remove the plastic and place in the cooler. If you leave the branches outside of the cooler, mist the blossoms with water to prohibit drying.