Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Upper South

December, 2005
Regional Report

Tool or Gardening Product

Floral Foam
Although you don't need lots of equipment to arrange flowers, I do like to keep blocks of green floral foam (the kind made for wet, not dry applications) on hand as well as the green tape designed to tape the foam into containers. (This tape is different from that used for wrapping stems for corsages.) Both of these can usually be found florists or craft stores. Floral foam allows me to create an arrangement in just about any container.

Clever Gardening Technique

Making Cut Flowers Last
To help cut flowers last as long as possible, be sure the vases are very clean; fill with lukewarm water with a commercial cut flower food added; strip all leaves below water level; take at least 1 inch off all stems, making a slanted cut with a sharp scissors; avoid direct sunlight and hot or cold drafts; remove faded flowers as they occur; and top up the water regularly, adding flower food in proportion.


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