Whether you’re looking for a fun party trick or just want to impress your date, tying a cherry stem is a great way to show off your dexterity. Follow these steps to master the art of tying your own cherries!
As with any skill, it takes practice and patience to master this technique. But it’s definitely worth the effort!
Soften the Stem
Whether it’s to impress your friends or just show off your seductive side, mastering the art of tying cherry stems is an excellent skill to have. But before you attempt the challenge, it’s important to know what to expect.
For starters, you’ll need to choose a stem that’s long and pliable. If the branch is brittle, you may have to soak it in water first to make it more malleable.
Once the stem is soft, bend one end over the other and cross it. This will form a loop that should look like a ribbon.
Before you tie the knot, be sure to pull on both ends of the stem to tighten it. If you don’t, the knot could come loose.
Fold the Stem into a Loop
Tie a loose figure-eight loop around the stem using a twist tie. Twist ties are sold at nurseries and online, and they’re designed to hold plants without binding, pinching or choking them as they grow.
You can also use string or bare wire to support tall, heavy-stemmed plants like Larkspurs (Delphinium ajacis). However, don’t use twine or bare wire directly on plant stems – they will cut into the plant as it grows and inhibit its growth.
You can also use plastic “zipties” or fuzzy pipe cleaners to tie your stems. The loop of the tie should be loose enough to bind and tighten easily.
Wrap the Loop Around the Stem
Tying a cherry stem with your tongue is a common trick at bars due to the presence of Maraschino cherries as drink garnishes. It is a skill that can make a person stand out and give them the edge over others.
A good rule of thumb is to choose cherries with bright green stems because they’ll stay fresh for longer, but if you have any that are brown or bruised, discard them immediately.
Wrapping a loop around the stem is a simple process. First, bend one end of the stem to cross the other. The resulting shape should look like one of those ribbons used for supporting causes.
Then, pull one of the ends of the stem inside the loop and push it down with your tongue. Repeat with the other end of the stem.
The final step is to tie the loop with your tongue. This can be tricky, but if you practice enough, it will come naturally.
Tie the Loop with Your Tongue
Tiying a stem with your tongue might seem difficult at first but it can be easily learned. If you are patient and practice often, you can quickly master this skill.
Step 1: Use your tongue to fold the stem in half. One side of the stem will be longer than the other, so bend it toward the back of your mouth until both sides meet.
Now you can bend the free end of the stem up and over the other end, forming a loop. Bite down on one end, and push the other end through the loop.
This is a great way to turn on a date or that random hot guy sitting at the bar, or even just to show off your amazing tongue-tying skills! It’s also a great party trick!