How do I make my cut flowers last longer?
You are already way ahead by cutting your own flowers fresh from our garden. The blossoms do not have to sit in storage or be shipped long distances like most commercial flowers. However there are a few tips you should remember to keep your bouquet looking its best.
Always use a clean vase. It should be as clean as your drinking cups, because bacteria from a dirty vase can reduce the life of the flower blossom quickly.
Cut early in the flower’s bloom. We can help you select a stem that is at its best stage for long life, as it depends on the type of flower. Remember that a flower is a part of nature’s reproductive cycle. Once the plant reaches full bloom to attract pollinators, it quickly changes to focus on growing a seed and the blossom wilts. That is why we harvest our flowers as the buds are just beginning to open.
Give each stem a fresh cut. You need to make sure the stem’s cells are open to take up as much water & nutrients as possible.
Use a floral preservative. This mysterious powdered packet is really just a few basic ingredients. Make your own by adding to 24 oz. of water, 1 Tbsp sugar, 1 tsp. vinegar, and one aspirin tablet (not Tylenol/ibuprofen). The sugar provides the nutrients the flower usually gets from the roots. The vinegar makes the water more acidic and easier for the flower to absorb, and the aspirin acts as a bactericide.
For the freshest bouquet, come back to the Farm and pick more!