Cutting Garden Tool Kit

Before venturing out to the garden for cut flowers, make sure you have the proper tools for cutting and conditioning any kind of stem. Use sharp clippers or pruning shears for woody stems and very sharp scissors or a knife for all other flowers -- a dull blade can tear delicate stems. A hammer is useful for fraying thick, woody stems to help them absorb water. And if you are picking more that a few blossoms, carry a bucket of tepid water; waiting until you return to the house to place freshly cut stems in water will shorten their vase life.

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