How to Cut Flowers in a Garden


Flowers add color and beauty to any garden, but there may come a time when you want to share that beauty with others, or simply bring it inside to enjoy yourself. Cutting fresh flowers from your garden may sound simple, but there are a few steps you should follow to ensure that you get the freshest and longest blooms from your cut flowers.

Step 1

Go out to your garden early in the morning, while the flowers are still wet from the dew. If you do not make it to the garden in the morning, go in the early evening when the air has cooled.

Step 2

Look at the flower stem; find an area on the stem that is just above a node, which is the spot from which a bud could sprout. If there is no chance of another bloom, as in single stalk flowers like daffodils, move on to the next step.

Step 3

Take the shears and cut the flower stem with a diagonal slant.The Brooklyn Botanic Garden recommends an angle of approximately 45 degrees. If you are not looking for another bloom on the stalk, cut the flower 1 inch up from the bottom of the stem.

Step 4

Place the flowers in the bucket of lukewarm water as you cut them, as this will keep them fresh until you are ready to take display them in a vase indoors.

Tips and Warnings

  • Cutting flowers from the garden in the heat of the day can cause the flowers to rapidly dehydrate.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden shears
  • Garden gloves (optional)
  • Pail of lukewarm water


  • National Gardening Association: Cut Flowers
  • Brooklyn Botanic Gardens: Cut Flowers
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About this Author

A freelance writer for over 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.