Preserving Cut Flowers
With the coming of spring, we are exposed to the natural beauty of the freshly cut flowers, which unfortunately die off so fast! Today we are going to explore different ways of preserving cut flowers for longer time.
Different Ways of Preserving Cut Flowers
Vinegar and Sugar
Flowers look so good, when they are freshly cut, but how to keep them alive for a longer time? One of the methods is to use a mixture of vinegar and sugar. First of all fill a vase with warm water and make sure to clean it beforehand. So add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of white sugar to the vase. Mix the ingredients with a spoon. Place the flowers into water and change it every three to four days.
Citrus Juice and Bleach
Following the same instructions as above, mix one table spoon of white sugar and one table spoon of household bleach, and 2 tablespoons of lemon or lime juice with warm water. Stir the ingredients and add flowers. Same as above, don’t allow the flowers to stand in the same water for more than four days.
Lemon-Lime and Soda
This one needs cool water, and in order to make a mixture add 1 cup of lemon-lime soda and half tablespoon of household bleach. Then mix the ingredients and place the flowers into preservative for maximum of three days.
Fill a container with 1 gallon of water and pour 2 ounces of Listerine mouthwash into the warm water. Then, shake the mixture well, but first close the lid of the container. When done mixing, fill the vase with the mixture, and place cut flowers into the vase.
This method is not that simple, but will preserve your flowers for longer time. However they will lose the fresh blooming scent. You will need to have large baking sheet, waxed paper, 2 cups of paraffin wax, double boiler and spoon. First step is to line a baking sheet with waxed paper, which will be used for flowers. Then you need to melt the wax either in the saucepan, or in a double boiler.
Once you are done doing that, dip the flowers into the wax and twirl them, so that entire flower is in wax. Immediately after dipping, shake off the excess wax and lay the flowers on the waxed paper. At last put the baking sheet into the refrigerator for several hours until the wax dries.