Tips For Cutting Flowers From Your Garden

Having access to fresh flowers whenever you want them is a joy that's sure to brighten your home. For this reason, many people grow cutting gardens. These unique plots are designed to nurture flowers you can snip and bring into your home for decoration. Whether you already have a cutting garden or are thinking of growing one, here are some tips for taking flowers inside:

Cut Your Flowers in the Morning
Flowers need constant access to water or they'll shrivel up. For this reason, when cutting your blooms, keep them in a water source as much as possible. The time of day during which you cut can help. Morning is ideal, as this is when flowers are the most hydrated. They've had dew and cool night air to enjoy, so they're filled with water. When grabbing your plants, their stems should be firm, which indicates they're hydrated.

​Quickly Transfer to a Vase
Because flowers should stay hydrated, you'll need to move them to a vase soon after cutting them. Once you retrieve your flowers from your garden, place them either in a sink full of water or stick the ends of the stems under a running faucet. This way, they'll still get to suck up water while you prepare the vase. Conversely, you can fill your vase with water and flower food before cutting your blooms in the morning. 

Prune Your Flowers
Ideally, you want your flowers to grow with long stems so they'll stand tall in vases and have more flexibility. To encourage this, you should reduce the number of bulbs on the plant so the remaining flowers have the nutrients to grow taller. Simply snip away extra bulbs at the joint where one stem merges with another. 

Cut Flowers Often
Picking flowers actually helps the plant produce more, which is great for you. Whenever a bloom is open and ready to decorate your home, cut it. Not only will it encourage the plant to flower more, but you'll get to enjoy fresh-cut flowers all of the time.

Grow Greenery
A great bouquet often features greenery alongside colorful flowers. Make sure your cutting garden includes filler plants, like baby's breath, ferns, Queen Anne's Lace and bells of Ireland. When planning your garden, consider which fillers will pair best with the flowers you choose to grow. That way, no matter what bouquets you make, you'll have the components to craft a coordinated design.

If you don't have a cutting garden or it's the off season, enjoy fresh flowers by ordering them from a local florist.