Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

Make Cut Flowers Last

Photo: Julie of Idaho, Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Julie of Idaho, Wikimedia Commons

For cut flowers that last and last, harvest them in the morning after the dew has evaporated but before temperatures rise. At that time, the flowers will be full of water and sugar and and will last longer in the vase. Also, bring a bucket of cold water into the garden and immerse the stems in it as you harvest: even a few minutes without water can reduce the length of time the flowers will hold up.

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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