Gardening with Ginny – Tips for Keeping Fresh Cut Flowers Looking Their Best
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and you might be thinking about getting your significant other flowers.
Ginny Rosenkranz from the University of Maryland Extension Office gives us tips on how to keep those cut flowers looking fresh, and beautiful, for as long as possible.
Ginny says the most popular flower for Valentine’s Day would probably be a red rose, but that she enjoys carnations because they do not break the bank.
Ginny gives us some tips for keeping fresh cut flowers looking their best:
- 2/3 of cold water is what you should put in the vase
- Remove the leaves on the stems because when they are in the water, the will rot, and die and then the bacteria will get into the water
- Add flower fresh which gives the plant sugars/carbohydrates
- When cutting the stem, cut it underwater because when you cut it in the air, the first thing that goes up the stem is air and the flower will wilt. You want the first thing that goes into the stem to be water.
- Also remember to cut the stem at an angle