How To Keep Cut Flowers Longer
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Everyone loves to get fresh cut flowers. When you get them, you want to keep them as long as possible. Here are some great tips to keep those blooms beautiful longer.
keep best when cut with a sharp knife (un-serrated) and plunged immediately into water. Always make a cut on a slant, as it exposes more stem surface area. Also, remove leaves that will be under water in the arrangement, but do not remove thorns from roses as it tends to shorten their life.
- Add one part lemon-lime soda (not diet) to 3 parts water. Then to each quart of this solution, add 1/4 teaspoon bleach. Thereafter, add 1/4 teaspoon bleach after each 4 days of use.
- To 1 quart water add 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon bleach.
- Add 2 ounces Listerine mouthwash per gallon of water. Listerine contains sucrose (food) and a bactericide. Listerine is acidic and is said help water move up the cut stem.
- Drop an aspirin a quart of water. The acidity will help prevent bacteria growth. A copper penny can help as well. Unfortunately, recent decade pennies do not have much copper anymore.
- Use the floral packet you are given.
Here are some other ways to keep those flowers happy longer.
- Use plain, lukewarm water for most cut flowers, but use cold water for bulb flowers, such as daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips.
- Change the water every 2 days -- don't just top it off. This is the single most effective thing you can do to keep your flowers looking fresh.
- Keep flowers out of direct sunlight, and move them to a cool place at night.
- Give daffodils their own vase -- daffodil stems give off a compound that is toxic to other flowers.
- Keep cut flowers away from fruit, which releases a gas that causes flowers to age faster.
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