Extend the Life Of Your Flowers By Steaming Them
This method of ... cut flower life may sound a bit drastic but it is quite ... 1. Have two clean buckets ready. Rinse them out with some bleach solution first. 2. Boil some water in a ke
This method of extending cut flower life may sound a bit drastic but it is quite effective.
1. Have two clean buckets ready. Rinse them out with some bleach solution first. 2. Boil some water in a kettle and fill bucket No.1 with 2 inches of the boiled water. 3. Fill bucket No. 2 with 4 inches of cool water. 4. Cut a half inch or so from the stems of your flowers or foliage and put them in the hot water for 20 seconds , no longer. 5. Take them out and put them in the cool water. 6. You should add 2 teaspoons of household bleach and a pinch of citric acid to each bucket to inhibit any further bacterial growth. The steaming induces a rush of natural sugars to the flower heads and gets the stems "drinking". Steaming is beneficial to flowers that may have been out of water for a length of time. Enjoy your flowers!
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Gerry Belvedere is a former artist who now runs her own online florist service at http://www.rosaflora-flowers.com. Rosaflora delivers flowers Australia wide and overseas and offers tips on getting the most out of your cut flowers.