What is sap? | Gardening On

Raw sap emerging from a cut stem of Cucurbita pepo.

Raw sap arising from a cut stem of Cucurbita pepo.

Animals have blood running through our veins, a liquid that contains water, red and white blood cells, and platelets. It is responsible for transporting oxygen to all parts of our body. But plants also have their own “blood”, with the difference that it is transparent and has another name: sap.

Thanks to it, all plant beings can live, grow and protect themselves, in a certain way, from the pests that affect them.

What is sap?

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It is the liquid that is transported by the conduction tissues of plants (xylem or phloem). Two types are distinguished:

  • Gross: it is transported from the roots to the leaves by the woody vessels that constitute the xylem. It mainly contains water and the minerals dissolved in it and growth regulators.
  • Elaborated: it is transported from the leaves and stems to the root by the Liberian vessels that constitute the phloem. Contains water, sugars, phytoregulators and dissolved minerals.

As you can see, it is very important for all plants, since thanks to it they can feed and grow. If they didn’t, they simply wouldn’t exist.

The importance of sap for the gardener or farmer

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Pruning during the slowest growing season is essential to avoid sap loss.

Knowing what exactly is is very important for all of us who work or care for plants, since these living things produce more during the warm months which is when they have a higher growth rate.

For this reason, it should never be pruned in summersince doing so would lose a lot of sap and it would cost them to recover. In addition, whenever possible it is important to put healing paste to seal the wounds, especially if it is bonsai or trees, to reduce the risk of infection.

What are the plants of a sap?

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Two-year-old Flamboyan, a two-sap plant.

Finally, it is likely that you have ever heard or heard of sap plants. What is this plant? It is just an ordinary plant that is about a year old.

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What is sap? | Gardening On

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