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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.

Comments (5)

  • gardengirl04 8 Oct, 2011

    Martha mentioned she loved the pruning shears (in red on the picture). Where can I get those exact shears?

  • dgrissom 18 Sep, 2010

    Where can I find a flat wicker basket with a large handle like the one that Martha carries in her flower cutting garden on her Matha's Garden TV program?

  • DavidRush 8 Aug, 2009

    you can find them at under the "traditional chinese" type scissors. They are strong and almost indestructible, hope they fit the bill

  • luvsanimals48 8 Aug, 2009

    Where can I get these scissors? I love the loopy handles! Anybody know?

  • colleenroche 8 Aug, 2009

    This couldn't have been more timely. Thanks for another gem!