Thursday, July 26, 2012

How to Cut Flowers

 and Keep them Looking Fresh (the Organic Way)!

The best way to ensure long lasting blooms is to start with the freshest flowers available. If you are cutting flowers from your garden, harvest them in the morning after the dew has dried. Also, choose some unopened flowers which will bloom once your arrangement matures.

Choose a vase that won't crowd the flowers. Then, fill the vase with three inches of tepid water. Stems that are submerged in water begin to decay, so it is best to not fill the entire vase with water.

Before you trim the stems, remove any foliage that will fall below the waterline. Submerged foliage degrades quickly and encourages the growth of bacteria, which gums up the flowers' stems and reduces their ability to suck up water.

When you cut the stems outside, in the air, air gets sucked up through the stem...not good for the flower. Imagine if you were trying to breathe air and got water instead. So in order to get the water flowing back up the stem you need to place the stems under running water and cut off 1 inch of each stem at a 45-degree angle. Use a sharp knife or pruners rather than household scissors, which can crush the stems. Then, Immediately put the freshly cut flowers into the vase.
Every other day, trim off 1/4 inch of the stems at a 45 degree angle under running water and change the water in the vase. If every other day is too much for you then you can put a tablet of aspirin in your water to keep it from getting stagnant and growing fungi which will decay the stems.
Tip: Place your arrangement in a cool spot out of direct sunlight and keep flowers away from ripening fruit. It gives off a gas called ethylene that shortens the flowers' lifespan.

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