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Longer Lasting Cut Flowers

By Skiekitty
June 1, 2015

Instead of using water in your vase of freshly cut flowers, use flat Sprite or 7-Up. The citrus keeps them perky and the corn syrup keeps them alive. Just follow these two rules: Don't use the diet version, and remember that the soda has to be flat in order to be effective.

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Name: Taqiyyah
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lovesblooms
May 31, 2015 6:03 PM CST
Is this as good as the floral packs? We don't usually have soda in the house unfortunately, but that's very interesting! No dilution necessary?
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Newyorkrita
May 31, 2015 6:56 PM CST
This is interesting as I did not know that at all.
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crittergarden
Jun 1, 2015 3:39 AM CST
nice to know!
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phoebesviolets
Jun 1, 2015 10:03 AM CST
Great idea! Have heard various versions of this method in past, but don't remember any details. Is there a ratio of 7 Up to water, or is it straight up?
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Dutchlady1
Jun 1, 2015 12:39 PM CST
Last year at the Botanical Garden where I work we tried all the different methods of keeping cut flowers fresh. It was a Valentine's Day project. Plain water with a little chlorine added worked better than all the other ones (penny in the water, floral preservative from the florist, aspirin in the water, and yes, seven-up...); there were a few others but I've forgotten them.
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lovesblooms
Jun 1, 2015 1:15 PM CST
Do you think it has anything to do with the types of flowers? I know Skiekitty grows lots of roses and they do like a little sugar depending on their needs from what I've read...
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Dutchlady1
Jun 1, 2015 1:32 PM CST
That's possible. And we tried this on red roses, yes, since it was Valentine's Day.
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extranjera
Jun 1, 2015 1:35 PM CST
I always put a little chlorine in the water and it seems to help, I know when I forget the flowers don't last as long.
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lovesblooms
Jun 1, 2015 1:44 PM CST
A little chlorine meaning a few drops in a vase?
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lovesblooms
Jun 1, 2015 1:45 PM CST
I'm asking all these questions because I've been getting plenty of bouquets this spring, and I've had to change the flowers more frequently than I think is usually necessary...
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crittergarden
Jun 1, 2015 1:57 PM CST
extranjera said:I always put a little chlorine in the water and it seems to help, I know when I forget the flowers don't last as long.


DO give the ratio!
I would like to try both.
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Dutchlady1
Jun 1, 2015 7:09 PM CST
I will ask at work what the ratio was.
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greene
Jun 1, 2015 10:11 PM CST
When I was a floral designer the most important thing we learned was to cut the flower stems while they are submerged in water. This prevents the air bubble from forming in the stem - the air bubble prevents uptake of water. Over at the wholesale store we had a special 'sink' with a stem cutter attached and held an entire bunch of stems at a time and chopped the entire bunch at an angle. Pretty scary equipment.

Here is a link with several options to keep cut flowers looking good, the 7-Up is mentioned. Thumbs up
http://thebestgardening.com/keep-cut-flowers-alive-longer/
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crittergarden
Jun 2, 2015 4:58 AM CST
AHA!
The sweetness is to feed the flowers and the bleach is to kill any bad guys in the water.
Now THAT makes sense!
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extranjera
Jun 2, 2015 7:18 PM CST
I use about half a cap full of bleach in a fairly large vase, less when it is smaller. I've heard that the bleach keeps the stem from closing up with mold or rot so the water exchange lasts longer. Don't know if that makes sense or not. I do know that using the bleach and changing the water every couple days the water never stinks and the flowers last longer.
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