Cutting your flowers
In preparing your flower arrangements, for example, to be sent to your family or friend. I am going to give you some tips to cut fresh flowers you bought from a market or florist, to be put in the vase or your own arrangements.
1.When cutting your flowers pick sufficient stem for it to be trimmed and arranged comfortably in your vase, but try not to remove the whole stem from the plant. You need to leave some of the plants so that new stems and flowers can develop.
3.Tools for picking. Secateurs of flower snips are essential when gathering flowers. Secateurs are probably more versatile, being able to cope with more substantial stems. It is really a matter of personal choice. I have a great pair of flower snips that cut through surprisingly chunky stems and twine, which makes them great multitaskers.
4.Whichever implement you use it is important to keep it clean and sharp. Sap from plants can be sticky and can build up on the blades of secateurs or snips. A rub with steel wool and a quick squirt and wipe with an alcohol hand spray will keep them clean, while a regular session with steel will maintain the sharpness needed to cut through stems rather than crushing them to places. Stems absorb water much more easily through clean cuts.