It's easy to reach for the scissors when cutting floral stems, but scissors are actually terrible for cutting flowers (and any other plant or shrub).
The best tool for cutting small the soft stems of flowers and thin shrub branches is a bypass pruner (see photo).
Bypass pruners work by using two blades that bypass each other when they cut. The blades of bypass pruners are made of hardened steel and are very sharp, which allows for clean and precise cuts. The blades are typically curved, which helps them grip the branch or stem being cut and prevent it from slipping out of the blades.
When using bypass pruners, the user places the stem or branch to be cut between the two blades and squeezes the handles together. As the handles are squeezed, the blades bypass each other and cut through the branch or stem, leaving a clean cut.
Bypass pruners are typically used for pruning small branches and stems up to about 1 inch in diameter. They are a popular tool for gardeners and landscapers because they are easy to use, lightweight, and allow for precise cuts. They are also available in a range of sizes and styles to suit different types of pruning tasks.
The best bypass pruners reviewed here.
Black Forest Garden Club will include a brand new pair of Ronix bypass pruning shears in our April gift basket. Our April event is on April 20th. See home page for details.