How to Force Cherry Blossoms to Bloom in the House

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Cherries belong to the genus Prunus, which also includes plums, peaches, apricots and nectarines. They are all distinguished by a large stone or pit in the center of the fruit. Cherries have single or double flowers that bloom singly or in clusters, in shades of white to dark pink. Forcing cherry blossoms to bloom inside the house is a way to brighten up those dark, late winter or very early spring days before cherry trees start blooming outside.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears or scissors
  • Vase
  • Hammer
  • Snip of a few branches from cherry trees in late winter. Pick branches with big buds. The bigger the buds the better the blossoms will be. Choose cherry species that bloom on bare wood before the leaves start to grow, such as P. serrulata, P. campanulata and P. cistena.

  • Peel of a couple inches of bark from the bottom of each cherry branch. Smash the ends of the branches with a hammer. This increases the ability of the cherry branch to take up water.

  • Put the cherry branches in a vase filled with water. Place the vase in a sunny, warm room with a temperature of 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Warmth breaks dormancy, forcing flower buds to open.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cutting branches too early results in smaller cherry blooms.

References

  • "Lois Holes Favorite trees And Shrubs"; Lois Hole 1997
  • "Rodales Encyclopedia Of Indoor Gardening"; Anne M Halpin. 1980
  • "Flora a Gardeners Encyclopedia"; Sean Hogan; 2003
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