Hello I'm Rebecca Cole for howdini.com and I'm here to teach you how to make your woody-stemmed flowers and branches last a whole lot longer. What I mean by woody stem is anything that still has the wood on it like a hydrangea, lilac, cherries, all those branches. Sometimes your leaves are going to be a woody stem leaf like the eucalyptus. And you need to treat them just a little bit differently than you would your flowers, because we need a nice big surface for the water to be drawn up so that it gets all the way to the head. Often our woody-stemmed plants and flowers are really long-stemmed, so you really want a nice big surface.
So first get a sharp utensil. A clipper or scissors or something. Make a really nice sharp angle cut, and that's still not going to be quit enough area for the water to be drawn up. So there’s two schools of thought.
One is that you take after that cut a nice cutting board or real strong surface, get a hammer, lay it on the cutting board and do a nice big smash two, three inches. All of that smashed wood now can draw the water up a lot better. And just put that in the water.
The other school of thought would be to take a nice woody-stemmed flower, plant, branch, whatever. Take off the leaves that are going to be in the water part. Do the same cut and instead of pounding, take the clippers and go up at a real big line, straight up the center of the stem. You see it opened up now, the middle of that stem. And all that middle area's going to be able to draw the water in a lot better.
Two schools of thought: Both will keep your branches lasting at least a week longer.