https://www.everydaycheapskate.com/wp-content/uploads/cut-flower-tulips-white-background.jpg 426 700 Mary Hunt https://www.everydaycheapskate.com/wp-content/uploads/EverydayCheapskateNewLogo.jpg Mary Hunt2019-05-03 00:28:262019-05-03 10:16:08This is How to Make Cut Flowers Last Twice as Long
Whether they come from your garden, the market, or you receive them as a gift, you can persuade cut flowers to remain beautiful for at least a week—maybe two, or even longer!—when you are careful to follow a few fabulous flower secrets.
The first thing is to know the enemy. Actually, there are two: 1) bacteria and 2) drought. Defeat both and your flowers will last and last. You will be amazed!
Start with a clean vase
Scrub it with soap and hot water, rinse well and fill with tap water.
Add 1/4 teaspoon of liquid chlorine bleach for each quart of water. This will slow down the growth of bacteria and fungus in the water without harming or affecting the flowers. Measure carefully! Trying to eyeball this very weak ratio of 1/4 teaspoon per quart of water could backfire.
Remove leaves below the water line
You want to remove any leaves on the stems of cut flowers that will be below the water line. Submerged leaves will quickly rot and promote bacteria and algae growth.
Condition the stems
Cut flowers will die of thirst even when standing in water if the stems have not been conditioned to draw that water all the way to the blooms. That’s because when cut, a flower stem quickly seals its “wound,” preventing it from drawing water.
Just before plunging the stems into the vase of water cut stems at a 45% angle to allow for the greatest amount of water as possible can be absorbed.