Healthy Ways to Cut Flowers
- Add a floral preservative such Crysal or Floralife to a clean vase and fill half way with tepid water. If you don’t have any make your own 1 tsp. sugar, 1 tsp bleach, 2 tsps. lemon juice to 1 qt. of lukewarm water.
- Hydrangea, Lilac, Viburnum, and all woody stemmed flowers: Re-cut on an angle, put in hot water with floral preservative. Repeat as often as possible to prevent wilting. Do not crush Lilac stems with a hammer.
- Take pollen out of of lilies. It prolongs the life of the bloom and does not stain furniture when it drops.
- Do not use floral preservative on any tropical flowers.
- Only put Calla Lillies and Hyacinth in about 2-3” of water to prevent the stems from getting slimy.
- Put a drop of bleach or Dawn detergent in water with sunflowers to prevent water from turning brown and oily.
- Always re-cut fresh flowers on an angle before you put them in fresh water.
- Avoid cutting with scissors or clippers that pinch the stalks. A sharp knife is best unless cutting large branches.
- Keep the flowers out of direct sunlight and heat. Change the water in the vases daily if possible to reduce bacteria count.
- Flowers shouldn’t be refrigerated with fruit as fruit emits ethylene gas that speeds flower maturity.
- To hold flowers for a few days, put them in a container of water in a cool, dark place. The optimum holding temperature is 33 degrees, however, refrigerator temperatures will also slow the maturity. Allow 2-3 days for tight buds to open. To hasten opening, place the stems in warm water in a warm place with good light.