If this winter has not gotten you down, you are among the few and a touch of spring would definitely be a boost to most gardeners. There are several flowering shrubs and trees that can be pruned and forced to bloom earlier indoors… Place your branches in a bucket and add 3 inches of water. The branches should be kept in a cool area, 60 to 65 degrees, to develop. Warmer temperatures can cause the blooms to develop improperly. To help prevent bud loss, mist the buds regularly or keep the branches close to a humidifier… This article was written by Mona Bawgus, a certified master gardener and consumer horticulturist with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County.
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