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Fresh flowers

Here are a few tips for keeping your cut flowers fresher longer.

  • Recut the stems and remove excess foliage that will be below the water line
  • Harden the flowers by setting them in warm water in a cool place
  • Use a floral preservative (which provides food to the flowers and prevents bacteria from growing) - preferably one from a florist which will contain the right mix of bactericides, nutrients and plant growth regulators. Alternatively try some of the recipes below.
  • Keep them cool and avoid drafts, hot spots and television sets
  • Avoid placing near ripe fruit as the fruit will 'ripen' your flowers
  • Use a clean vase or container
  • Check the water level daily.

Floral preservative recipe 1

  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 litre warm water

Floral preservative recipe 2

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach
  • 1 litre warm water

Floral preservative recipe 3

  • 2 cups lemon-lime carbonated beverage (e.g., lemonade)
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach

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