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Old 09-21-2009, 12:43 PM   #1
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A question for any green thumbs out there:

Is there anything to add to water in a vase to make cut flowers last longer?
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Old 09-21-2009, 12:49 PM   #2
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Rose food? They give it out at florists when you buy roses. And supposedly warm water is better.
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Viagra.

Oh wait, this wasn't a euphemism?

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Oh wait, this wasn't a euphemism?

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Was the shape of your post meant to support your statement?
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Sugar is supposed to do something, like a couple of tablespoons or so...
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My mom told me to use sugar and luke warm water.
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I've heard Sprite makes roses last longer. Could just be the sugar that everyone else has mentioned.
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I've heard to put a penny in the bottom.
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That sounds like one of NSWindler's schemes.
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If the flowers are long stemmed, cut the stems on a harsh angle at the base to increase the amount of water that can feed up the stem. I tend to do this with all flowers though.
Sugar will work, too. Dissolve it if you can first. Some flowers prefer different things, so it depends on what you have. Also, change the water at every day or two.
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Yeah, cutting them is a good idea. Also, sugar or flower food stuff you can just buy. The important thing is the minerals in the water, that provides food for the plants.
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so far the only thing i've tried that seems to work is the angle like anna said. last time i got flowers back in june, they lasted nearly two months.
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Thank you everyone.

I want to bring home a flower from my Grandpa's funeral service this Thursday, and I would like it to last as long as possible.

Thanks for all the helpful tips.
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