Keeping Cut Flowers Fresh as long as possible !
|The flower preservative packets supplied by florist shops can be added
to the water to keep the flowers looking their best. If those
aren�t available, you can mix up your own recipe. Begin by preparing a
solution of lukewarm water to the same amount of lemon lime soda and a
teaspoon or two of bleach. Even after a flower's been cut, it still
needs to be fed. The sugar in the lemon lime soda provides nutrients to
the flower and the citric acid in the solution allows the nutrients to
be taken up more efficiently. The bleach keeps the water clean.
Whether you use a preservative or nor, you should replace the vase water
every 3 to 4 days.
Before you slip the flowers into the solution, recut the stems under water at a slight angle; this is particularly helpful for roses. Also strip away any leaves that fall below the water line.
Follow these steps for any flowers you may receive as Valentine�s gifts as well as those you prepare to give as presents. And remember to keep the flowers out of direct sunlight and away from sources of heat.
With these techniques you can expect your cut flowers to last an extra four to five days. Keeping Cut Flowers Fresh P Allen Smith Garden Home
|If you don't like to use chemicals to prolong the life of your cut
flowers, there are "natural" alternatives. Some methods work
better than others. Here's one for you: does a penny and an aspirin
tablet placed in the vase water really do any good? Some say the
combination does keep flowers fresh longer. The theory is that the
copper acts a fungicide and the aspirin makes the water more acidic.
Here are more food + acid combinations:
What do do with faded bloomsFirst of all, don't throw them away. At the very least, cut them up and add them to the compost pile. Semi-fresh or partially faded flowers, depending on how you look at them, also have a second life in crafts and as edible flowers. Just remember, if you're planning to use them in food, make sure they are truly edible and free of chemicals. You can learn more about edible flowers in my How to Landscape with Edible Plants article.