How to Cut Flowers and Foliage
June 10, 2008 5:18am CST
If you want to try your hand at collecting flowers from the outdoors and using them inside your home for decoration, here are some tips for cutting flowers and foliage. 1. The best time to cut flowers and foliage is in the early morning. If you can, try to make your cuttings when the dew is still on the blossoms. When flowers are cut in the morning they are fully rested and revived from the previous day. If you cannot get into your garden in the early morning, the next best time to cut your flowers is around sunset, or late evening. 2. The worst time to cut flowers and foliage is between midmorning and late afternoon. Flowers are most stressed during this time because of the heat of the sun. The heat has caused much of the moisture from the foliage and blossoms to evaporate and flowers are at their most fragile during these hours. 3. To cut flower stems all you need is a sharp knife or a pair of sharp scissors. To cut thick, woody stalks you will need either pruning shears or sharp clippers. You should use the appropriate tools. If you do not, you can bruise, tear and damage the stems. This can make it difficult for your cuttings to absorb water later.