How Do I Keep Picked Flowers Fresh?

Keeping picked flowers fresh requires that you put them into water at just the right moment. Keep picked flowers fresh with help from a landscape designer and horticulture writer in this free video clip.

Part of the Video Series: Flower Garden

Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Marci Degman, the Aspiring Gardener. Today, we're going to talk about how to keep picked flowers fresh. Now, I've been out, and I've cut some flowers, and I've put them directly to the water. And, what I want to do before I put them in a vase is, I've got water in here - fresh water, and if you choose to use flower food, this is a time to put it in. You can put a teaspoon or so into your water. Now, there are different opinions about that. Probably the strongest opinion I have is that you change your water often. In fact, I always change it every day. I think bacteria's probably the worst enemy, and that's far worse than forgetting your food. So, if you do the food, fine. If you don't do the food, do change your water a lot, that's the most important part. Now, before you put the plants into the vase, you want to take away any foliage that's going to be under the water that's going to have the chance to rot and cause bacteria. So, on this one, it's a perennial Bachelor Button, Centaurea Montana. And, there's not much going on with that, so I'm going to pick that off. I've got a little foliage left, and I'm just going to go ahead and figure out the depth of my vase, and trim that where I want to for height. So, you can go out, and you can add more things, or some evergreen foliage. But, that's how you keep your flowers fresh. Change your water every day, keep the ends cut, and they'll stay fresh for as long as possible.

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