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 Post subject: water nutrients
PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2004 12:25 pm 
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For fresh cut flowers, what to add to water for preserving freshness.


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There is a commercial product for sale but we have always used sugar in the water, changed every other day.
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I've always added a few ounces of 7-UP with relative succuess.

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We've always used a couple of crushed asprin :)


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Throwing a couple of copper pennies into the vase is supposed to help. I wonder if anyone has ever done a controlled test on preserving cut flowers.

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 Post subject: cut flower tests
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Real Simple, the magazine, ran tests on this very thing for their May issue - the results were as follows for day seven:
aspirin - more than half the petals fell off
listerine - wilted
penny - bloomed beautifully, then wilted quickly
bleach - flowers stand tall, but color washed out
water alone - petals dropped after day 4
sugar - uneven blooming and splayed stems but flowers mostly intact (second best)
flower food - winner, full bouquet has a soft dramatic droop but blooms still nice
The article said that the flower food contains a biocide to kill bacteria, an acidifier to help stems drink water and a sugar to nourish the blooms.


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