When you’re out gathering cuttings you’ll want to bring an empty bucket for bulky cuts that don’t need water, a bucket with water for branches that do benefit from water, pruners, and gloves to prevent sap from getting on your hands if you’re harvesting from evergreens.
Dried Hydrangea Flowers
- For pyramidal plants, never cut the top.
- Only cut branches that are thinner than a pencil, it helps the plant heal faster.
- Harvest evenly around a plant to avoid creating a hole in the dense foliage.
- Place in water. Or, if you plan to have them out of water, spray them with a wilt stopping spray or mist with water every few days.
- These plants love a rejuvenation prune! Every 3 to 5 years, remove 1/3 of the thickest (oldest) stems to encourage bright juvenile growth or just harvest stems yearly.
- Snip any spindly branches from the main stem to give the branch a smoother look.
- No need to place in water, they will keep their color without it.
No matter what type of shrub you harvest from be sure to:
- Make clean cuts with sharp clippers.
- Cut branches off the plant at a straight angle to make the wound as small as possible.
- Disinfect your tools after each use.
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