The process of how to deadhead a scaevola is not that difficult. The process can be described as the removal of a stem and the cane that grow on it. The stem ends up being the anchor of the cane. To assist in this task, the cane is tied using a piece of rope or yarn.
Start by cutting the stem about one inch longer than the cane itself. This will give you enough room for you to get a good angle when you cut the cane. It will also allow you to get an even cut. Next, cut the cane at about two inch intervals to evenly space the cut area. Also, ensure that you’re cutting straight down and not up.
Once you’re done cutting the cane, cut off about one inch from the end of the stem. You’ll need this, because the next step will wrap the cane around the hook and pull it through. At this point you should cut again, but not quite as far as you cut the first time. The reason you don’t want to cut too far is because you want some space for your hooks. In order to get the perfect angle, use a string line. Wrap the line around the handle about three times, and then cut off another inch.
When you’re done, take the scaevola and tie it to a length of nylon. Nylon is the ideal material because it’s strong and has very little stretch. Take the stem and tie it to the nylons. This will secure the stem and it will prevent it from moving around while you’re cutting it.
Since the stem is now fixed, you can proceed to cut the rest of the cane, but not before removing the remaining part of the stem about an inch away from the hook. You can do this by using the knife, or a pair of scissors, with a little bit of care. Always handle with care, as you can damage the cane if you’re not careful.
Keep the hook sharp with a file, which is probably better than a pair of dull scissors. Start by filing at the base of the cane, being careful to not damage the base. Then move to the end of the stem and file again. Repeat this process on the other end of the stem until the hook is even. If the hook sticks out more than an inch, file some more, or use pliers to close up any gaps.
Once you’re happy with the shape, snip off any green strands by hand. If the cane is particularly long, it’s possible that they may come off on their own. However, if you’re just learning, it’s easier to do when you’ve got something to hold them onto! The next step is to simply attach the new stem to the cane with a pin. If you’re attaching to the stems of differently colored branches, be careful to match them up properly so that the colors don’t clash.
That’s it! I’m sure you’ll be able to master how to deadhead Scaevola in no time. Happy harvesting!
Need more instructions on making sure your cane stays straight? Listen up… I’m about done here. It really isn’t all that complicated, but it does take some time and patience. Keep an eye on the moisture levels on the cane; they won’t have a chance to dry if there isn’t humidity present.
You’ll want to start by sharpening your cane between your thumb and forefinger. Hold the cane as straight as possible without letting it twist. This will ensure that the stem doesn’t break or bend in the process. If the cane gets too much twist, you can soften it up a bit by tapping it against a table or similar surface but never use your bare hands.
Next, you’ll need to decide whether you want to grind or cut your vine. Grind your cane to the desired point with a saw, then cut it crossways. This will let you extract the sap easily, while keeping your cuticle intact. Cut the stem crosswise to also remove any excess juice. Keep the cuticle intact by pressing it against your face.
The last step is pretty simple, but we’ll discuss it one more time just in case anyone has questions. You just need to pull your container and pour the wine directly into it. You’re done! As long as you know how to do it right, there’s no reason why you won’t have a batch of great Safflower Tea coming out of your steamer every time.