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by weezie13 on June 05, 2006 06:15 AM
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Originally posted by Patty S:

However, I AM still looking for the name of a commercial cut flower preservative, like what florists send in little packets with cut flowers! I'd already tried all the home "recipes" that people have suggested here, (INCLUDING BLEACH), & am simply not satisfied with the results, as compared with whatever is in those packets!

I know that besides containing sugar, the commecial/professional preservative also contains some sort of a microorganism (bacteria) inhibitor & a "respiratory inhibitor" that work together to "feed" the flowers & aid them in water uptake. Apparently, the commercial preservative is a very illusive commodity, but I haven't given up my quest to find out what it's called & where to get it!

Okay, finally found it...
I now remember why I couldn't find it...
**I signed up to HARRIS SEEDS, under commercial wholesale person .. and they send me stuff... and it was thru there I saw the info...
so, here's the link..
Harris Seeds Professional Grower/ID: 04560-851 Floralife "Rippit" Flower Food Pkts (100)

I am not 100% sure if you can order it or not, thru the whole saler end of it??? [dunno]

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by dodge on June 05, 2006 06:57 AM
weez,

your choice.

I watch my pennies..$24.00 defeats the purpose to me.

dodge

barb

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by pagarden on June 08, 2006 06:25 AM
i read back a while ago that a little vodka in tulips helps them to stay upright. tried it back on easter (i always put out a vase of tulips on easter) and it worked!
by heidi_ho80 on June 08, 2006 07:14 AM
I picked these 2 days ago can I put some bleach in now or will it do no good? I am kinda obessed with cutting flowers my husband thinks I am nuts.. He says as soon as they start to look pretty outside I distroy them I disagree hehehe oh well.  -

Heidi
by weezie13 on June 08, 2006 07:38 AM
*****Heidi,
My mother and I have always used this statement or sentence...
See what your husband has to say...

"We like to enjoy the flowers NOW,
NOT when we're dead"

I love picking flowers and sending them to my mother..
I agree somewhat about leaving them,
*for seeds and such* but tell him you'll just have to plant MORE than,
some to cut and some to
LEAVE OUT SIDE!! [Wink] [Wink] [Wink] [Smile] [flower] [clappy]

****Dodge, I agree with you on the watchin' the pennies thing...
One income family here..

But those packets can be a big time saver, if you cut alot of flowers..
and do alot of things with them...
It does come out to be about .25 cents a package..

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by dodge on June 08, 2006 08:27 AM
weezie......

very good.......Money spent on mom is better than beer........
Glad your mom is a good buddy.

barb

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by dodge on June 08, 2006 08:32 AM
Heidi

That is so pretty.. I put the bleach in before I put the flowers. They say the algae germs start right away when you cut an pop them in.. You can cut them again an redo it.. make a Large slant so the can absorb more water..
Also they say putting them in the refrigerator for 4 hours before you put them in the water helps prolong the bloom too..

I didnt try that one yet,.. But I will.

Let me know your results.

barb

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by dodge on June 08, 2006 08:35 AM
pagarden

Your a tipical penna.. person.. Vodka is also beyond my budget. Maybe you got it drunk an it forgot to die? [tongue]

Good luck.

barb

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by Jesnjo on June 08, 2006 02:19 PM
Great info thanks! I always thought the powder stuff didn't work very well anyway. The water always ended up all smokey and the flowers didn't last.

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Joanne
by patches1414 on June 09, 2006 08:30 AM
Hey Patty, I mailed you some information about how to keep cut flowers lasting longer. [Wink] I'm sorry [Frown] it's not about the product you were looking for but it has some valuable information and it was much too long to post here. Hope it helps! [Wink]

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by connickfan on June 09, 2006 09:05 AM
I was watching "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" the other day, and one of the tips at the end of the show was to add a little vodka to the vase water to make the flowers last longer.
by dodge on June 09, 2006 09:07 AM
connickfan,

I was just joking....I should work because, I think it is a germ killer....Least ways the old western movies poured booze on the gunshot wounds.. ha hah

glad it works

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