When to Cut Sunflowers

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Sunflowers should be cut in the early morning or in the late evening after the bud has opened up. Cut sunflowers with tips from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolonda Vanveen from vanveenbulbs.com. Now we are learning when the right time to cut sunflowers is. When is the right time to cut my sunflowers? I've got this gorgeous sunflower and I want to know when is the right time to cut it so that it lasts the longest as a cut flower. Sunflowers make a great cut flower. They are so easy easy to grow and so easy to use as a cut flower. Right now I would say that this flower is right at the perfect stage for cutting. It has just opened up, it is not turning brown yet and it will still last me a few weeks as a cut flower. So when I cut it it doesn't really matter if you cut it shorter or longer, it is still going to last just as long so I like to cut it towards the middle and at an angle. It seems to last longer that way and then they can drink water a little more that way. Whether you leave a short stem or a long stem they make a great cut flower either way and then they should be cut as soon as they open up. Don't wait for them to be too far gone where they are turning brown, right as soon as they open up. This sunflower right here is just starting to set its bud so if I cut it right now it would pretty much stop where it is at and then I would never get a bloom but if I wait another week or two this is going to open up and I'll have a gorgeous sunflower just like the others. So I'm going to wait to cut that one. The best time to cut a flower is either in the early morning or the late evening because if you cut it in the middle of the day in the heat of the sun a lot of times they'll wilt or they might get sun damaged. So they'll last longer and look a lot better if you cut them earlier or later in the day.