Why should I cut flowers at an angle?
When you get fresh flowers you always hear the same advice,
“cut the stems at a diagonal angle before placing the min water”.
But why actually is that?
When the grower first cut the flowers, it creates actual injury at the bottom of the stem. And so to protect itself against fungi, bacteria and de-hydration, the flower heals it’s cut and forms a small curst. 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 curst. So this is where cutting at a diagonal comes in.
By cutting a few inches from the bottom of the stem with a sharp knife or a good garden scissor/secateurs, you make sure that the flowers can take up as much water as possible. That’s all very true, but some say it’s a myth that cutting as a diagonally enables flowers to take in even more water. Now, this is up for discussion. But by cutting the stems diagonally does in fact ensure the cut is as smooth and even as possible and without crushing the stems, making it harder for fungi and bacteria to grow. Either way the most important thing to remember when cutting your fresh flowers is to place them in water immediately after cutting them since it only takes a minute for the cut to heal.
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