The Q&A Archives: Stephanotis Flowers Wilt

Question: Everytime I put cut Stephanotis flowers in a vase, they wilt in less than 24 hours. Could you please give me a tip on how to keep them fresh longer?

Answer: Stephanotis is a favorite for bridal wreaths, and they do last for several days after cutting, so your technique might need some improvement. Cut the flowers early in the morning while they're still fresh from their nighttime rest. Immediately put them into a vase of fresh water. Mix a solution of one teaspoon bleach and one tablespoon sugar into a gallon of water, and use this mixture in your vase. Or mix one cup of a clear lemon-lime soft drink into one-half gallon of water and use in your flower vase. The acid slows bacterial growth and the sugar provides nutrients to the flower stems. The trick is to keep the stems immersed in water as soon as they have been cut from the plant. Better luck with your cut flowers, now that you know the tricks of the trade!

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