Extending the life of cut flowers?

Extending the life of cut flowers 

There is probably no better time to bring some natural garden goodness indoors and make the most of the end-of-season flowers that are still blooming away in the garden.

Here are some simple tips to help those flowers last as long as possible once cut, whether you have collected a bouquet or some simple garden mementos. 

●      Try to cut your flowers in early-morning or evening and use a sharp pair of scissors or secateurs.

●      Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle - this helps them to absorb water.

●      If you are choosing a selection of flowers and foliage try to keep the cutting length similar - you want to be able to cover around up to 10cm of each stem in water so keep this in mind when choosing your cuttings. 

●      Remove any lower foliage or thorns that will sit below water level as this keeps the stems clean and will stop the submerged foliage from breaking down in water.

●      Make a DIY Preservative:

Dissolve 3 tablespoons of sugar with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar per litre of water.

Make sure the cut stems are covered by 7-10cm of water

This preservative works by preventing fungal infections in the water that speed up the breakdown process. Replace water every 5-6 days.

 ●      Enjoy! Don’t feel pressure to create an indoor masterpiece - a few simple strands of lavender in a small white vase or a single rose backed with some small fern fronds can be just stunning in their simplicity.

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