I noticed that you sell fresh cut bouquets now. Can you tell me a good way to keep cut flowers longer?
There are many “Old Wives Tales” about putting odd things in the flowers water to help them last longer, such as copper pennies, aspirin, sugar and even bleach.
An aspirin is supposed to increase the acidity of the water helping it to move up the flower stems easier, but it also makes the flowers droop prematurely and loose their petals.
Copper pennies are meant to act as a natural anti-bacterial. Unfortunately they also promote slow blooming and early wilting.
Household bleach is meant to keep mold and mildew out of the water. This does work, however it also bleaches the stems of the flowers to the color of something long dead and make the color of the blooms fade.
Sugar is supposed to recreate the sugar creation during photosynthesis, however it also promotes bacteria growth and causes uneven and over blooming.
Here are a few tips that I recommend:
Place cut flowers in the refrigerator for about six hours before arranging them. This will make them last up to three times longer.
Mix the flower food packet that comes with the bouquet with clean fresh cold water. (Warm water dehydrates flowers.) The flower food packet contains a biocide to kill bacteria, an acidifier to encourage the stems to drink deeply, and a sugar to give nourishment to the blooms.
Before placing your flowers in the vase, cut off one to two inches of the stems, and remove all leaves and foliage below the water line.
Finally, change the water and re-cut the stems every few days.