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?

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).


Edvanir L.
Edvanir L4 years ago

Thank you.

Lydia Weissmuller Price

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 .

Bill and Katie D.

So interesting here! Thank You

Tanya W.
Tanya W4 years ago

Like it!!

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Aditya n.
Aditya n5 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Shanti S.
S S5 years ago

Thank you.

Penny B.
.5 years ago

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