2. Hold the flower stem in your left hand, the flower bloom facing away from your body with the stem facing towards you.
3. Place the blade on your stem angled about an inch from the end of the stem
4. Place your thumb at the end of the stem. *never place your thumb under the blade of your knife*!
5. Pull the blade through the flower stem not applying pressure to the knife but letting the blade do the work.
6. Immediately place in water
Note: you don’t want to snap the stem you want to slice the stem.
However there are some different steps based on what kind of flowers you are harvesting. If you’re harvesting spring flowers (ranunculus, hyacinth, daffodils, tulips, etc) make sure that the water you’re placing them in is very cold, not straight from the fridge cold, but as cool as your tap gets.Another popular flower to harvest from your garden is roses. Now as a florist we get tons of people who complain, especially about the roses they got being dead, when in fact their just very open blooms!
See the difference? I certainly do! Now how do you tell when your rose is at its peak? You pinch it! This is something every florist does, and something I did at a super market than got yelled at by the employee for pinching the bunch of dead roses. On the bottom round part of your rose head pinch the rose lightly but firmly (ie. Just pinch don’t pull up on the rose head), if your rose is rock hard or tightly bundled it’s not yet ready, but if it is slightly open and still firm, harvest it! If you just need the roses for a one night event or you don’t care how long they last, feel free to harvest them when they are fully blown, like in the first red rose picture.
Anyways that’s all for me this week! When I talk about Ideas for your mom for mother’s day! And remember to support your local florist!