How to Pick a Magnolia Blossom

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Magnolia blossoms are beautiful flowers that usually grow on tree branches. Having access to magnolia blossoms gives you the opportunity to pick a few and place them in your home as an addition to the décor. Magnolias are suitable for picking when the pineapple-shaped column in middle has a crystalline look. Be careful when picking magnolia blossoms to ensure that they last a while in your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden shears
  • Gardening gloves
  • Hammer
  • Vase

Examine the petals on the magnolias to determine that they have opened slightly away from the bud. If the petals (which are technically called tepals) are tightly shut, they are not ready for picking. According to vanplant.co.nz, the petals open quickly in warm weather.

Note the glistening on the column (pineapple-shaped) in the center of the magnolia blossom. This glistening appearance means that it is just opening and perfect for picking.

Wear gardening gloves on your hands to prevent damaging the magnolia blossom. Be careful when handling the magnolia blossoms; you could remove a petal by over-handling.

Cut the magnolia blossom at the base, using gardening shears. The stem is usually under the leaves that accompany the magnolia blossom.

Place the newly cut magnolia blossoms in a vase of water and keep the vase in a cool place.

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