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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom



Forcing Flowering Branches

Get a head start on spring by forcing branches from a spring flowering bush or tree (flowering quince, forsythia, dogwood, etc.)

  • Cut branches from the bush or tree.
  • Smash the end of the branch with a hammer.
  • Place in water indoors.
  • Watch for blooms to form.
  • Students predict what will happen and record observations daily.
  • Discuss factors that cause the branches to bloom early.