If you have a home garden full of flowering plants, this is a perfect opportunity to save plenty of money because you won’t have to spend a single cent to buy your friends, loved ones, relatives or family a gift of flowers. You can also supply your home a beautiful and fragrant flowers to brighten up your day or highlight a particular happy mood. However, before you pick your flowers to place them on a vase, you need to consider the perfect time to do so in order to maximize the life of each bloom.
As a gardener, you should know about the ideal time to get the flowers that you need. This way, you can be sure that the flowers are fresh all day. There are times that a flower withers ahead of its time because it was not carefully picked. The most important thing that a flower needs is moisture; without it, the flowers will easily lose its beauty and fragrance.
When Should You Pick Your Flowers in Your Garden?
As mentioned earlier, moisture is a vital thing for flowers that enables it to maintain its freshness and fragrance. When picking flowers, you should make it a habit to do it on a specific time of the day.
Here are the best times of the day ideal for picking flowers:
- Morning. This is the time wherein flowers have fully rested and absorbed enough moisture from the ground through the plant’s roots.
- Evening. If you are not amenable in the day, you can also do it during evening because the flowers won’t be wilted easily.
Avoid picking flowers in the middle of the day, especially in the afternoon. This is the time of the day wherein the sun is at its peak, making it very difficult for flowers and plant to maintain its moisture. After picking flowers, place it immediately on a vase with water and sugar in order to prolong its life. If you are going to sell the flowers, store it in a cold place first. Some of the flowers are placed in a cooling facility i.e. fridge so that the moisture will be locked away. It can also prepare the flowers for travel especially if it is going to be delivered.
The exception to this rule is during cloudy days. You can pick your flowers anytime of the day because the sun is hidden behind the clouds making it easy for the flowers to retain their freshness and fragrance.
Pick or Cut – What’s the Difference?
Now, if you have a home garden full of flowering plants, the next question that you should ask yourself is “am I going to pick or cut the flower stems?” This simple question is very essential especially if you want to harvest more flowers in the same plant for a very long time.
There are flowers that can be taken away from its parent plant just by snipping it on the stem using your hands. Similarly, there are flowers that can only be harvested using tools such as scissors or garden snips. Picking flowers using your hands on thick-stemmed flowers may affect the parent plant’s capability to produce more flowers in the future. In order to avoid this scenario, it is always best to cut it away using sharp scissors or garden snips.
Some flowers can only be picked when they have reached a certain appearance. Here are some examples:
- Marguerites, dahlias and daisies. These flowers should be picked when they are about to bloom. If the petals are covered with pollen, don’t pick it anymore.
- Daffodils. Pick this while the buds are tight.
- Peonies. Pick it when the petals have just opened.
- Poppies. Pick this flower when the buds are about to bloom.
- Chrysanthemum. Harvest this when the flowers are fully blossomed.
Harvesting these flowers on certain appearance will prolong its life whether placed on a vase directly from your garden or if it is going to be transported for delivery.
By knowing these tips on picking flowers, you can ensure that your children who are joining you in harvesting blooms your home garden will not harm the flowering plants unnecessarily. This will also ensure the long life of the parent plants.