Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Where to cut Gladiolus spikes shorter
Cut the stem at an angle so that the cut follows the foliage line.
You can tuck the cut stem back into the foliage to conceal the cut and use the stem in a design
Cut the flower shorter by cutting the stem to follow the line where the flower grows. This way the cut is concealed ant it looks like the flower opened up all the way to the top on the stem.
You now have three shorter stems to design with.
To cut the blooms into smaller sections again follow the natural line of the flower.
Removing the gladiolus bloom with a tiny section of stem so that it continues to take up water.
Cut the close buds right between the flowers.
Follow the line where the flower grows so that the cut is concealed and you have natural looking flower buds.
Temporarily adhere a traditional Ikebana Kenzan or pincushion to a shallow container.
How to place various sizes of plant material in a Kenzan
Split (but don't cut) a few gladiolus flowers to spiral in a vase
Cut stems of Gladiolus to place in a radiating summer design.
Split and spiral a few gladiolus flowers in a way that the stems remain intact, to spiral in a water filled filled vase for a long lasting composite flower
My fourth design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting