Keeping cut flowers fresher for longer

With all the fresh spring flowers around, I thought some tips from Nanna on how to keep them fresher for longer wouldn’t go astray.

  • Allow freshly cut stems to soak in cold water overnight
  • When preparing the stems for the vase, trim the stems on an angle whilst they are under water to prevent an airlock developing.  This will allow more water to be absorbed
  • Strip off all the leaves below the water line as these will rot in the water and pollute it
  • Hard or woody stems (such as roses) are best split upwards or crushed with a hammer to help the stem absorb more water
  • Every 2 days nip the end off each stem at an angle, particularly if the end has gone soft and limp
  • Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 2 teaspoons of sugar to every 6 cups of water to provide nutrients to the flowers.


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