Forcing branches into full-on flowers is a simple garden fix for the last days of winter.
Photo: Erica George Dines
Place fresh cut stems immediately into a bucket of warm water with 1 tablespoon of bacteria-banishing bleach and a packet of cut-flower food. Keep branches in a cool spot―50 to 60 degrees―out of direct sun, and mist frequently. When flowers just begin to emerge, you can bundle the branches make your display.