Cut Flower Test

You know how you see all those “ways to keep flowers fresh” articles? I decided to start testing a few of them to see if they work to keep cut flowers from my garden fresh longer.

I started with some  Shasta Daisies.  I picked them in the cool of the morning. They were well watered and all in about the same stage of opening . (That’s important or your test won’t work since the older flowers will die faster…) I put  1/4 teaspoon of sugar and a penny in one vase (thanks Pinterest) and plain water in the other, kept them out of the sun in a cool room of the house and photographed them three times in the course of a week.  Here are the results:

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So, what ways have you used or heard about to keep cut flowers fresh longer? I’m ready to try a few more tests!


  2 Replies to “Cut Flower Test”

  1. elizabeth bleeker
    June 30, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Hi Donna,
    Fresh water and make a fresh cut about 1/4″ daily at the end of your stem. This works with roses. It may work with other cut flowers as well. Good luck! And let me know if your going to test it so I can follow you.- Lisa

    • dljones
      July 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      That’s how I usually treat my flowers but I’ve never actually tested how much longer they may last with that treatment so I’ll test and photo this week! Thanks for the idea! You can sign up to get new posts directly with feed burner at the top of the blog!

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