Cutting flower stems may appear as an easy task; some may even not see the importance of doing it in the first place.
Cutting your flower’s stem before putting it into a vase will improve its ability to absorb water. However, some flower cutting techniques can decrease the freshness time and quicken the wilting process.
It’s therefore essential to know how to cut your flowers before arranging them in their vase correctly.
In this post, we’ll share some of the best flower cutting hacks that will help you keep your flowers healthy and fresh for the longest time possible. You’ll also get to learn where to get your flowers in Campbellfield.
1. At an Angle
The first way of extending your flowers’ life is by cutting each of the stems at an angle of 45°. Cutting the flowers at this angle will increase their surface area, which will result in an increase in water intake in the flowers.
Use a sharp knife to avoid squishing the stem, which may impede the water absorption process.
2. Cut The Stems Under Moving Water
It’s advisable to cut the flower stems under steady moving water. This step is essential since the flower roots instantly lose access to water when the stem is chopped out.
Air pocket or embolism happens as water air flows via the stem, hindering the absorption of water. Therefore, cutting your flower under the water will reduce the chances of the air pocket and enable flowers to take in water immediately.
3. Remove Unnecessary Matter
After cutting the stems, flowers can benefit from routine maintenance checks. If you realise any dislocation on the stem, you can cut it until all the browning is removed.
You should also cut out other leaves below the water level, reducing the clouding and rotting in the water.
4. Proper Timing For Rehydration
Flowers are usually shipped dry. To rehydrate them sufficiently, you need to trim the stem again. Additionally, you should re-cut their stems on a pre-arranged.
Typically, flowers should be re-cut after they’ve been bought, picked or delivered—it’s recommended to cut them after every three days.
5. Consider the Flower Type
Some flowers require more care than others, so a quick background check to determine how much care to offer.
Daisies and Alstroemeria, for example, are thirsty flowers that require a lot of water. Birds of Paradise prosper in warm surroundings, so keep them in a room with a temperature over 50℉.
- Calla lilies and peonies are delicate and easily bruised—treat with care.
- Carnations are particularly sensitive to ethylene gas, so avoid keeping them in your kitchen.
- Gerber daisies acquire germs, so replace their water and refill with flower food daily. If your hydrangeas are beginning to wilt, trim the stems a little and soak them in warm water for approximately an hour.
6. Feed Your Flowers
While cut-flower food supplies all of the nourishment that stems require, you can also add a teaspoon of sugar, two aspirins and some drops of bleaching to each quart of water—this process reduces bacteria.
7. Refresh the Water
Thirsty blooms are dead flowers. Therefore, regularly check the water level to ensure that the stem ends are well-covered.
Change the water entirely every five days and recut the stems following the manner mentioned above.
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