The Right Cut

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The Clean CUT!

(Re)cutting stems is essential for the flowers’ vase life performance.  (Re)cutting opens the stem end for water uptake, which is essential for the fower to develop naturally.  The cleaner the cut, the better.  Rough stems treatments will lead to the release of organic matter and cell contents into the vase solution, stimulating micro-organisms to develop rapidly, resulting in premature wilting of flowers.

WHAT IS THE BEST (RE)CUTTING PRACTICE?

For pure mechanical reasons recutting at an angel of approximately 45 degrees results in little damage to the stems.  This practice ensures perfect and open stem ends.  The optimal way of cutting is shown in the picture above.

HOW MANY CENTIMETERS SHOULD BE REMOVED?

Research has shown that, if more than 50% of the vessels have been blocked, the flower will start to go limp due to insuffiecent water uptake.  When (re)cutting at least 5 cm off the stem end, most of the blocked vessels will be removed.  This ensures optimal water uptake.

WHICH CUTTING PRACTICE IS DETRIMENTAL TO THE FLOWER?

  • A straight /flat 90 degrees cut requires more force than an angle cut, resulting in more stem damage and growth.  Plus a flat cut sits at the bottom on the vase and blocks water uptake.
  • Splitting/cross cut of stems.  This also results in a negative vase life.
  • IF YOU CANNOT HANDLE A SHARP KNIFE, THEN SHARP PRUNING SHEARS/SECATEURS ARE THE SECOND BEST ALTERNATIVE

 


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