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Forcing Winter Bulbs: Amaryllis and Paperwhites

I just posted an article about how to force winter branches, which is probably the less common type of winter forcing of plants that is done in comparison to forcing bulbs, mainly because success rates are higher (i.e. branches can be damaged when cut or improper storage and hydration of the branches may result in blossoms falling off) but also because it’s quite easy to purchase bulbs, bring them indoors, water and wait.

lovely winter amaryllis

And of course you would want to do that, if the result is a gorgeous spread of flowers that typically grow outdoors or somewhere in humid and tropical lands, why not?   

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How to Force Winter Branches

I absolutely love bringing color indoors all year long, but in the winter it seems like more of a necessity than anything- to lift up the darkness outside (and how early it comes) and bring in a natural pop of color. It’s also fun to go out looking for branches to bring indoors and be surprised by the type of blooms that will emerge as  a result.

For those who aren’t familiar with forcing, it’s something that is often done with bulbs indoor, too, but the process is quite different. With branches, you need to carefully prune them from a tree (obviously one you have permission to cut) while making sure not to harm the tree in any way.  

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