How to Cut Lilac Blooms

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Cutting lilac blooms is a process that you will do right before the spring season rolls around. Cut lilac blooms with help from an experienced professional gardener in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hello, my name's Nicholas Staddon, I'm with Monrovia. Today, we're gonna talk about how to cut lilacs. So why do we harvest lilac blooms? One, because they're very, very fragrant. Two, because they make great cut flowers. And three, because they herald the arrival of spring. Important to note, this is not a lilac. The plant I have in front of me is a vitex, but the harvesting of flowers whether it be on lilacs or vitex is pretty much the same, and the only thing you really need is a good sharp set of pruners. We're looking for flowers that haven't completely opened. Here's a great example. This wonderful blue purple flower, notice at the end buds are still to open. So I'm gonna put these in a vase that's probably about 10 to 12 inches tall. I go maybe about 18 inches down into the flowers, putting the pruners at an angle, and a sharp cut. Now when I take this inside, what I'm gonna do is break these leaves off like so before I put them in water. That's as far as I go because you can see on this branch there's a flower bud forming. So there, you imagine after harvesting about eight or nine flowers what these will look like in a bouquet in your house, or you can give them to your friends as gifts.


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