Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Magnolia Stellata: More on forcing branches of flowering shrubs

My repertory of forced branches is usually limited to forsythia, witch hazel and quince. But this year I got a pleasant surprise. Rick and I were trying to wrestle a gargantuan bittersweet vine to the ground. It was strangling our Magnolia Stellata-- an early blooming magnolia.

In the process of pulling down the bittersweet we broke off a few branches of the Magnolia Stellata. I decided why not bring them in and try to force them. To my surprise, in a few days we had gorgeous magnolia flowers on our window sill. Looks like I’ve made and addition to my yearly ritual of forcing branches of flowering shrubs.

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