Tuesday, October 18, 2011


One big plus about arrangements in the fall--they last for unusually long times. Still treat the blooms the same, however--cut early in the morning before the sun is out. Plunge into deep, tepid water, making sure all green foliage that will be below the water line, is removed. I also add a copper penny to each arrangement--I've heard is helps to lengthen the arrangements, so I figure it can't hurt. If possible, change the water every 2-4 days. If you're unable to change it, continue to fill with water with a floral preservative. (A homemade preservative recipe is found on my post of June 1, 2011, along with other hints for a longer vase life for your arrangements).   
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon bleach
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 quart lukewarm water
Mix and use for a floral preservative for your arrangements
The recipe calls for household  ingredients you have on hand:  bleach, sugar, and lemon juice.  It makes a quart, but you can double or triple (or whatever) the recipe if you need more.  I haven't ever stored it, and I think it's best to use fresh--and to make only what you need                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Susanne Holland Spicker Mother, Grandmother, Homemaker, Gardener, Teacher, Photographer

Passion is defined as the love of, or the object(s) of affection and emotion. I am passionate about family, friends, flowers, food, photography and fabulous music! This blog is dedicated to those loves.

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