Today I clipped a few branches to force from some flowering trees in and around my yard. (Can you tell I'm getting impatient to see something other than a crocus around here?!) Some bloom earlier than others, so I’m curious what will happen.
If you’ve never done this, it’s not hard at all. The only requirement is that the branches being forced must have had at least 6 weeks of dormancy (not hard in zone 6!). Just bring them indoors and put them in a vase of warmish water – split the cut end a few inches and remove any buds that would be under water. Put them in a spot out of direct sunlight. Normal room temperature of 60 – 70 degrees is fine. Be patient - it can take 1-6 weeks before you’ll see anything. Change the water every few days to prevent bacteria growth.