Forced branches say spring is near

Beckie Fox

Cut branches of forsythia or crabapple in a tall vase says spring is near. It’s not difficult to take a few branches from spring-flowering trees or shrubs, bring them indoors and wait for the buds to unfold.

Weigela is an example of a shrub that’s easy to propagate by taking hardwood cuttings in the fall. (Photo by Joanne Young)

How to take hardwood cuttings

Judith Adam

Taking hardwood cuttings in the fall is an easy, economical way to increase plants through vegetative reproduction. Reproduce your favourite shrubs.