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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.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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