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376 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-2300

Heather's Helpful Hint

How to Force Forsythia
April 03, 2010

Are you getting impatient waiting for winter to end? Do you need an early taste of spring? Consider forcing forsythia. It is an easy process and early March is the ideal time.

1. With pruners in hand on a day above freezing, cut three foot lengths of forsythia branches and bring them inside.
2. Place the stems in a bucket of warm water.
3. Cut another inch or so off the bottoms of the stems while they are submerged. This will help them take in the water.
4. Leave the branches soaking in the water for at least a few hours.
5. Change the water and add floral preservative when you refill.
6. The forcing process can be sped up by placing the container of branches in a sunny spot.

If you don’t happen to have forsythia of your own and can’t find a source, consider planting at least one this spring or use another tree or shrub to force inside like pussywillow, quince, or crabapple.

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Read about Main Line Gardens acquiring Waterloo Gardens!

Main Line Gardens is a family-owned business that was established in 1981. More than just a full service garden center and nursery for professional landscaping and hardscaping, Main Line Gardens is an architect of beautiful, functional outdoor living spaces that provide a lifetime of enjoyment. The company's first priority and foremost goal is establishing long-term relationships with its customers by offering exceptional service and the highest quality products. This philosophy has defined its success for over 25 years and will continue for decades to follow. Main Line Gardens' experienced and professional staff takes customers all the way from design through installation, involving them every step of the way in the creation of their own outdoor landscaping paradise. Customers can choose from a full selection of plants, trees, shrubs, mulch and stones from the onsite full service nursery.

Please note that Main Line Gardens is not able to honor Waterloo Gardens gift cards/certificates, item exchanges or returns, broken or damaged items, etc. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.