How to get long stems for cutting?
I've been getting quite discouraged with my cutting garden this season. Granted, the weather has been uncooperative, but I had the same problem last year also.
Most of my annuals for cutting are blooming at a very short height. Zinnias, snapdragons, calendulas, dahlias, etc. The stems are about 8 inches long at best. An additional discouragement this year is that many plants seem to be just one stem, at least so far.
What is the secret to getting nice long stems? I'm starting to get tired of having tiny little bouquets. Yes, they are nice, but I'd love to have a nice, tall bouquet to put in a real vase instead of a bud vase.
I thought I was careful in researching my seed selection for height and bloom, but now I'm not so sure.
Also, I'm concerned about further blooms. I know I need to keep cutting to encourage more blooms, but won't the future stems be even shorter than the first, main stem?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.