Floral Preservative Avon Lake OH

When I buy flowers at the market or florist in Avon Lake, they come with a little packet of preservative. Should I use preservative for the bouquets I cut from my garden? The sugar feeds the flowers. Because sugar also feeds bacteria, a bactericide is included. An acid also discourages bacterial growth in the water.

Hoban Pest Control
(440) 930-5055
296 Moore Rd
Avon Lake, OH
 
PRO TECH EXTERMINATING
(216) 529-5866
2617 Northglen Dr
Cleveland, OH
 
PEST PATROL EXTERMINATING INC
(440) 808-1618
1875 Coes Post Run
Cleveland, OH
 
B&B PEST CONTROL
(440) 327-0383
8995 Avon Belden Rd
North Ridgeville, OH
 
A & A PEST CONTROL SERVICE
(440) 748-6419
PO Box 39364
North Ridgeville, OH
 
HOBAN SERVICES INC
(440) 930-5055
296 Moore Rd
Avon Lake, OH
 
ALRIGHT EXTERMINATING INC
(440) 871-7601
29347 Sunset Dr
Cleveland, OH
 
ADVANTAGE PEST CONTROL
(440) 322-5452
5126 JAYCOX ROAD
NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OH
 
ADVANCED EXTERMINATING CO
(440) 777-6680
3805 Brendan Ln Apt 5
North Olmsted, OH
 
P N E CO INC
(440) 327-2930
34555 Mills Rd Ste C
North Ridgeville, OH
 

Floral Preservative

Provided by:

When I buy flowers at the market or florist, they come with a little packet of preservative. Should I use preservative for the bouquets I cut from my garden?

Answer: It’s a good idea. Floral preservative is not just for store-bought flowers. Its purpose is to lengthen the life of any arrangement by feeding the flowers and preventing bacterial growth in the water. Most floral preservatives contain some form of sugar, an antibacterial agent and something to make the water acidic.

The sugar feeds the flowers. Because sugar also feeds bacteria, a bactericide is included. An acid also discourages bacterial growth in the water.

You can further prolong your cut flowers’ lives by removing some of the leaves above the water line, which would otherwise cause the flower to lose water through transpiration. Remove all the leaves below the water line, which would otherwise encourage bacterial growth. Change the water every three days, rinsing out the vase and mixing in floral preservative each time. Keep the flowers out of direct sunlight and preferably in a cool spot.

Floralife, Bloomlife, Chrysal, Petallife and Everbloom are a few floral preservatives you can buy. There are also a number of home recipes, untried by Horticulture; try Googling “floral preservative” to investigate these.

Read more about flower arranging

From Horticulture Magazine

© 2013 Cleveland Scene: 1468 West Ninth Street, Suite 805, Cleveland, OH 44113, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.