The selection of pruners/scissors/snips involved in gardening can be overwhelming. Luckily, for houseplant parents, we are mostly dealing with soft-stem plant material.
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Long Handled Snips (Amazon Link)
I love these bonsai-inspired long handled snips for making precise cuts of dead foliage. The long handles make it easy to reach within dense foliage (like a peace lily) to cut off a spent leaf.
By-Pass Pruners (Amazon Link)
When you’re cutting a stem for propagation, you want to make as clean a cut as you can. By-pass pruners are sharp and capable of cutting through thick stems, like a Monstera deliciosa – which can get to larger than one inch in diameter after years of good growth.
They’re called “by-pass” because the blade travels cleanly past the dull supporting blade. The mechanism mimics a sharp knife cutting along a cutting board. Contrast this with scissors where the mechanism is two blades shearing along their edges.
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