Thank you to Tony for sending us information on how to keep our flowers fresh for the 2013 Buderim Flower Festival.
These ideas came from an article from Marie Harrison, who serves as a board member for Valparaiso Garden Club in the USA. For the full article click on http://www.davesgarden.com/ 7-3-2013. I will add this to our LINKS page.
Purdue University recommends any of the following mixtures:
Mixture 1. 2 cups lemon-lime carbonated beverage, 2 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach.
Mixture 2. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach mixed with 1 quart water.
Mixture 3. 2 tablespoons white vinegar, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach, mixed with 1 quart water.
Some questions about exhibiting;
Should I remove the leaves from cut flowers and should thorns be removed from roses?
Always remove any leaves that will be under water.
Remove above water leaves that are damaged, but leave all healthy foliage intact.
Do not remove the thorns(prickles) from roses. Water travels most freely through an undamaged stem.
Remember, cutting implements should be clean and the vases also kept very clean.
Avoid placing your flowers near fruit. Keep cut flowers out of direct sunlight and protect them from drafts. Remove flowers as they wilt, change the water at least every two or three days. Each time water is changed, add more preservative to the water and recut the flower stems.
I grow my own flowers. What are some tips about cutting flowers from my garden?
Choose flowers that are newly opened or almost opened.
Place the stems in water immediately after cutting
Recut the stems under water as soon as you get them inside and let them rest and condition in fresh water for at least a couple of hours.
The best time to cut is in early morning.
Make sure plants were watered well several hours before cutting.
As important as flower selection is the method of cutting.
Flowers should be cut at an angle with a sharp blade.
The angled cut not only increases the surface area for water absorption, but also lifts the cut ends off the bttom of the containers so nothing interferes with the free movement of water up the stem.
What are some particularly long-lasting flowers?
Chrsanthemums, Carnations, Alstroemeria, Glads, Statics, Liatris and Lisianthus. In fact all flowers that are grown for the cut flower market are bred to last a long time after they are cut.
Do Some types of flowers require special treatment?
Flowers with milky latex such as poinsettia, euphorbias etc exude a milky sap that will inhibit the uptake of water. Prevent this problem by dipping the bottom of the stems in boiling water for about half a minute or hold over a flame of a lighter or gas stove eye.
We have spent the last week dividing up our Bromiliads, after our visit to the wonderful garden in the Mooloolah Valley with the bus trip and Peter.
Dividing Bromiliads is a prickly job and even though I wore gloves, I really needed a long sleeved shirt.
We then decided to give the garden a bit of a revamp and this has been the exciting part, seeing the new look and discovering little gems that we have not noticed before. We have made a couple of trips to the nursery to buy a couple of new pots and also picked up some cheap pots at the Endeavour Shop at the Dump.
We will be continuing on a little bit of garden at a time for the next month or so so hope our garden is looking quite spectacular for the Christmas visitors.
Our lovely Red Holiday Heliconia (or Red Christmas) has gone past its' beauty and will have to be cut back at ground level. Don't forget to cut you Heliconias when they become dead on the growth and keep them tidy and thinned out. Happy Christmas Gardening.
Ray Eadie, our Petty Cast Treasurer, is looking for interested people to form a committee to look at producing a local gardening book. He has some ideas and a great book from Canberra called The Canberra Gardener. Although he thought our book would be a smaller version, he has asked that members think about how they can contribute and how many of you are experts in growing particular types of gardens and could have a chapter devoted to this. Keep a watch on this page for further ideas and suggestions and to the progress of this very interesting project.
THE BUDERIM GARDEN BOOK
The Canberra Book was published in 2004.
This is a Balinese type garden on top of the mountain in Buderim.
We now have a special page for our Gardening book and you can view this on the Gardening Book Page. Please let us know if YOU can write a chapter or give us ideas and input for one of the chapters.