Why should I cut flowers at an angle?

Article published at: Aug 26, 2020
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How to cut fresh flowers properly

There are lots of reasons why it's best to cut flower stems at an angle. Scroll down to find out the main ones. 

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Self-protection against flower fungi

When the grower first cuts the flowers, it creates an actual injury at the bottom of the stem. Subsequently, to protect itself against fungi, bacteria and dehydration, the flower heals the cut and forms a small crust.

Just like us humans do. A very beautiful and powerful protection mechanism! However, with this also comes a downside, it’s difficult for the flower to take in water through the crust. So, this is where cutting at a diagonal comes in. 

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Why cut flowers diagonally?

By cutting a few inches from the bottom of the stem with a sharp knife or good garden scissor/secateurs, you make sure that the flowers can drink up as much water as possible.

While this is a fact, some say it’s a myth that cutting diagonally enables flowers to take in even more water. Now, this is up for discussion, however, cutting the stems diagonally does, in fact, ensure that the cut is as smooth and even as possible without crushing the stems; making it harder for fungi and bacteria to grow.

Take care of your flowers

The most important thing to remember when cutting your fresh flowers is to place them in water immediately after cutting them as it only takes a minute for the cut to heal. Take care of your flowers and always remember that they are living creatures just like us. 


Read also: How to dry flowers

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