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Cutting Gardens

by dig the dirt editor

Fresh--and dried-flower bouquets--what a luxury! And they can be yours all summer (and on into the winter) when you plant a cutting garden of easy-to-grow annual and everlasting flowers.

Line ‘em up
Use the space at the end of your garden (or till up an extra plot) just for row crops of cutting flowers. A bank of cutting flowers makes a lovely backdrop for any garden and supplies your home with fresh bouquets all summer. Some flowers are naturals for a line up—gladiolus or acidanthera, for instance, can be awkward flower-border participants, but stand at attention in a cutting border. And if you plant bulbs every two weeks, you’ll have showy bouquets all summer. (It’s also easier to dig up these tender bulbs when they’re lined out.)

 

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Delphiniums Cutting-edge strategies
To get the most blooms from your cutting garden, plant lots of annuals, which continue to produce flowers the more they’re cut. The best annuals for cutting are zinnia, sunflower, cosmos, salvia, ammobium, celosia, and sweet pea.

Make your cut-flower bouquets last as long as possible by following these cutting-edge harvesting tips:

  • Cut flowers early in the morning when they are the freshest.
  • Use a pair of sharp clippers to cut flower stems at an angle.
  • Submerge cut flowers into a bucket of water immediately after cutting to keep them fresh. Before placing flowers in a vase, strip off any leaves or flowers that will be underwater. Cut the stems again and place into a vase filled with water.
  • For woody-stemmed flowers, such as lilacs, scrape off the bark at the bottom of the stem, then gently split the stem so it can absorb more water.
  • For hollow-stemmed flowers, such as poppies, sear the end of the stem over an open flame, then place in cold water. Change the water daily.

CHECK OUT: Everlastings: bouquets that last forever

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comments

I never knew these tricks of the trade for cut flowers. SO interesting! Thank you for all the info...
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Seedling commented on 09/20/09

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