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Cutting angel trumpets - everything you need to consider when cutting

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In order for angel trumpets to thrive, they should also be cut. However, there are a number of things you need to take into account so that the pruning is not at the expense of the flowers.

Angel's trumpets must be cut

Angel's trumpets should be cut at least once a year. Only in this way do they form many shoots during the growing season, on which the magnificent flowers later grow. The best time for this is spring. In addition, a pruning in late autumn can be helpful. This is not only good for the plants, it is often necessary due to the lack of space in the winter quarters. It is only important that you carry out the pruning correctly. Otherwise the angel trumpet could suffer.

How to properly cut angel trumpets

Cutting angel's trumpets for the winter quarters:

For healthy growth next year, you don't have to cut the angel trumpets in late autumn. However, the plants are sensitive to frost and must not hibernate outdoors (see reading overwintering angel trumpets - how to do it correctly). A lack of space in the winter quarters can often necessitate a pruning. Proceed as carefully as possible and only cut the plant back so far that it can easily be stored in the house or in the winter garden. Never cut deeper than 30 centimeters above the deepest fork in the branches. After the cut, leave the angel's trumpet warm for a few days so that the cut surfaces can dry out.

Remove winter shoots:

Angel trumpets in bright and warm winter locations often sprout during the cold season. However, the light in winter is not sufficient for healthy, strong shoots. These winter shoots are usually thin, poor in ramifications and have pale leaves. Remove these shoots at the end of winter or at the latest during spring pruning so that the plant can put all of its energy into the new shoots.

Cutting angel's trumpets in spring:

Spring is the best time to cut the angel's trumpet. As with winter pruning, cut back only up to 30 centimeters above the deepest fork. Otherwise there is a risk that you will cut into the flowering region. By the way, you can tell from the leaves of the plant where the flowering region begins. Flowering shoots can be identified by asymmetrically growing leaves. This means that the leaf does not start at one height on the left and right of the stem, but offset.

A tip at the end: How to get cuttings

You can cut individual shoots during the summer months and use them as cuttings to multiply the angel's trumpet. Both the herbaceous shoot tips and more woody parts of the plant are suitable for this. Simply put the shoots in the soil. After two to three weeks, roots have formed and you can transplant the cuttings into a normal container. Have lots of fun with it!

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