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 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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