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Cut Flowers: Making Them Last

By Steven
March 12, 2011

With spring nearly upon us, it seems to be the right time for an article on how to get the most from your freshly cut garden flowers this coming season!

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Name: Dorothy Mitchell
Somerset, KY

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LaVonne
Mar 12, 2011 9:56 PM CST
I would only had one thing...if you are cutting roses, cut them just as buds are showing good color and make sure the stems are longer than your vase....when you get them inside and preparing them for you arrangement cut the stems under water to the desired length....water should be a bit warm, when ready to arrange they will be ready. As the days go by and the rose tends to wilt, take out of the vase, and cut a bit off under wayer again then stand them in a container that you filled with hot water (like you would make tea from) and when the water cools re-arrange you roses in the vase. This will revive them and extend their life for you to enjoy longer.

LaVonne a long time member of the Ventura County Rose Society, Buena Ventura, California






















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Name: Maridell
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Maridell
Mar 14, 2011 9:55 AM CST
Hi Steve, this is an article I will want to come back to for reference. Thank you!
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Steven
Mar 14, 2011 11:53 AM CST
Thanks so much Maridell!


Dorothy, thank-you for your helpful advice! Would you be able to add it to the Roses entry in the database?
http://cubits.org/beautifulblossoms/db/creativeflorals/view/... Big Grin

Steven
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mekos
Mar 16, 2011 4:19 PM CST
Great information, you guys. I didn't know that about the warm water thing. Blinking WOW I'm learning. Thanks. Thumbs up
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids
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Steven
Mar 17, 2011 11:50 AM CST
Glad you enjoyed it Jan! And like Dorothy mentioned, its a good idea to recut your stems underwater to help prevent air from getting trapped which can lead to premature wilting of your flowers. I for one will be following her directions on cutting roses, they are a flower that never lasts long for me when I cut them from the garden.
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
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mekos
Mar 17, 2011 12:03 PM CST
Do we have a thread for questions and answers to problems on growing roses around here as I have trouble growing them during the hot summers we have. I get brown spots on the leaves and just before the summer ends the poor bushes look awful. But the blooms are nice till the Japanese beetles eat holes in them. Blinking
Just didn't want to fill this thread with help me stuff on flowers.
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids
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Steven
Mar 18, 2011 11:37 AM CST
Hi Jan, I've started a thread for rose growing and care, but haven't gotten around to writing it up yet Whistling

But if you want to, feel free to post any rose questions/thoughts you might have http://cubits.org/beautifulblossoms/thread/view/52553/

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