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Forcing Twigs for Instant Spring

Forcing Twigs for Instant Spring

For some of us, winter means months of gray vistas and bare trees. When you need a reminder that spring is really on its way, you could try forcing twigs as a lovely way to bring some springtime green into your home. Although teacher and author Edith Sisson devised this activity to delight scores of children, adults tired of winter will find it heartening, too!

Here’s how to get spring to make an early appearance at your house.

You will need:

Jar of water

1.Toward winterís end, clip twigs of forsythia, pussy willow, red maple,
or other shrubs and trees, and put the stems in water.

2. Observe what happens (and enjoy it as a foretaste of spring).

3. Leaves and perhaps flowers will appear. Experiment with bringing twigs in at weekly intervals and compare the results. What are the differences and why?

Read more: Nature, Nature & Wildlife

Adapted from Nature with Children of All Ages by Edith A. Sisson (Prentice-Hall, 1982). Copyright (c) 1982 by Edith A. Sisson. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Adapted from Nature with Children of All Ages by Edith A. Sisson (Prentice-Hall, 1982).

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8:53AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Thank you.

5:59AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

I don't like cutting up trees and bushes. I'd rather buy bulbs and after they're done blooming, place them outside in the earth. If you live somewhere long enough, you'll have a huge garden .

8:56PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

So interesting here! Thank You

5:14AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Like it!!

6:58AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:38PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Cheers :)

1:05PM PST on Jan 8, 2013


1:02PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Thank you

11:28AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Thank you.

11:06PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

Too bad you have to wait until winter's end to try this.

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At my age I think the legs up the wall is about all I could do. But thanks for sharing.

I sit all my houseplants in the tub, give them a shower to clean the leaves, then soak them complete…

Good tips even for the most non Green fingered person-ME!


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