Forcing Forsythia

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It is still pretty grey in New England. The temperature is getting warmer and the sun is shinning sometimes. However the landscape is still pretty dull, even with little patches of dirty snow in the corners. The bright yellow forsythia should be flowering within the next couple weeks. If you want some color now you can force it to bloom inside.

Simply cut a bunch of branches from a forsythia bush outside and place them in water inside. I recently brought a bunch to each of my kids teachers as a gift to them, as well as something fun for the students in the class to observe.

Outside Forsythia:

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Inside Forsythia after a couple days:

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