Monday, February 11, 2013

A few tips for Valentine's Day flowers:

Guest Blogger - Dr. Karen Panter
  • Use a clean vase
  • Luke-warm water is best
  • Remove any foliage that might be under water in the vase
  • Using a clean, sharp knife or pruners, cut the lower 1/2 to 1 inch off the stems
  • Place immediately in vase full of water
  • Floral preservatives may help but if none are available simply use tap water and change it every day or two
  • Re-cutting stems every day or two will also help extend vase life
  • Keep the flowers out of chilly drafts and away from forced-air heat vents
  • And enjoy!
Fresh cut flowers vary greatly in their vase life (roses up to a week, sunflowers over two weeks) but following the basic guidelines above will maximize their vase life.

Karen Panter, Ph.D., C.P.H.
Extension Horticulture Specialist
Plant Sciences – Department 3354
University of Wyoming
1000 East University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307–766-5117
Fax: 307-766-5549

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