Now that spring is in full bloom the flowers along the coastside are too. Nothing brightens up a home more than fresh cut flowers beautifully arranged in your favorite vase. Follow the steps below and it will help keep those fresh flowers alive longer.
The first thing you want to do is to cut the bottom of the stems off so that the flowers now have fresh openings. Make sure you cut the stems while they are under water. If they are cut while open to the air it can cause the fresh opening in the stems to suck up air creating an air embolism in the stem. Cutting the stems at an angle you will open the stem up to as much water as possible.
Next, when putting the flowers into water you want the water to be slightly acidic. Acid in the water prevents callous formation from occurring. To add acidity to your water you can use two common household items such as lemon juice or vinegar. A tenth of your water volume in the vase should be acidic.
Plants like humans need carbohydrates. When flowers are cut they are no longer able to make their own food efficiently as they normally would. Putting a few pinches of sugar for every 10oz of water will help keep your flowers alive a little longer.
Lastly, it is not uncommon for harmful bacteria or fungi to try to feed on the flowers. To help prevent this from happening, add some biocide to the water. Only add enough biocide to kill the germs, but not the flowers. Bleach or rubbing alcohol can easily be added to achieve this. Only add a few drops, if you notice the water starting to become slightly murky add a few more drops of biocide.
Follow these steps and your fresh cut flowers will continue to brighten your home longer.
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