Preserving Cut Flowers - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by armstrong388
April 9, 2007
When cutting flowers from a plant, how is it best to preserve. I put an aspirin in my cut flowers and the next days some had died.

Answer from NGA
April 9, 2007
The vase life of some flowers is quite long, for others it's very short. There are a few things you can do to help them last as long as possible: Harvest the flowers as they just begin to open. Cut them in the early morning and immediately put them in a bucket of water. When you've finished harvesting all the flowers, take them indoors and plunge them into a sinkful of cold water. Then pick them up one by one and cut an inch or so off the stem and set them in a decorative vase filled with fresh water and about a half cup of Sprite or 7-Up (regular, not diet). The sugars and the citric acid will help feed the flowers and keep them from wilting. Change the water and Sprite mixture every 3 days, cutting an inch off the stems before setting them back into the fresh mixture. This should keep your cut flowers fresher longer.


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