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Arranging natural looking displays - using ammi?

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Arranging natural looking displays - using ammi?

by 4 years ago
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Hi - I'm very much an enthusiastic amateur.  And like to grow cut flowers for the house.  This year I've grown some ammi which I love.  This is the kind of look below I like.  The problem is I don't find it lasts.  Does anyone have any tips?  Is putting lemonade in a vase keeps flowers longer an old wive's tale?

PB
4 years ago
Hi, Conditioning your flowers and changing the water makes all the difference. People use lemonade because it contains sugar to feed the flowers. Unfortunately this encourages bacteria to grow in the water and so blocks the stems and stops the flowers taking up water. A commercial flower food like Chrysal provides food, stops bacteria growing and adjusts the water pH to the correct level. Put you flowers in flower food with freshly cut stems. Change the water every three days, wash the vase out and recut the stems. This will give your flowers the chance to live the longest. Pip
EB
4 years ago
Wow thanks Pip!
EB
4 years ago
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NG
4 years ago
Change water and cut stems every few days as they seal up.
PB
3 years ago
So right Nick, especially in hot weather when bacteria breeds even more quickly.

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