Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Longer lasting cut flowers

With fresh-from-the-garden flower season nearly upon us, I decided to repost of one of my more popular WFMW posts. Follow these step and you fresh cut arrangements will last much longer than you thought possible. Enjoy!

sinful of cut flowers First, plunge the flowers into a sinkful of lukewarm water right after cutting, or better yet bring a container of water out into the garden with you.
add sugar to vase Put 2 tablespoons of sugar into the bottom of the vase, add water, and stir to dissolve.
flower with leaves Before: flower with leaves intact.
leaves removed from flower After: run your fingers along either side of the stem and strip off foliage that will be below the water line.cut stem on the diagonal

Recut the stem on the diagonal and place into the vase.
cut flower arrangement
Arrange and enjoy!
cut flowers
My flowers last longer than I like to keep them. I just threw out my last group of cut flowers and they were nowhere near being wilted after two weeks.

Another hint: empty the water in the vase after 5 days, trim another inch off the bottom of the stems and refill with water and a Tbsp. of lemon-lime soda. An easy way to do this without having to rearrange the flowers is to grasp the flowers just above the vase line, pull them out and continue holding while you trim the ends with the other hand.

For more WFMW tips, head over to Rocks in my Dryer.


Julie said...

Another tip that works for at least daisies. If they start to droop take a straight pin and give the top of the stem (near the flower) a prick (not going all the way through). This is supposed to release gasses or something and the flowers perk up in a few hours and you'll get a few more days out of them.

Miche said...

What a great tip!!My flowers always die so quickly-I will be trying this out today!~ Thank you!

Jendeis said...

Another of your posts that I have to, have to, have to bookmark. Great tip!

Marne said...

Fabulous! I just cut roses today. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the tips!

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