Keepeng Flowers in a Vase
To keep the gladioluses in a vase, the Latvian florist J. Vasarietis suggests one of these additions in 1 litre of the water:
- 1 tablet of aspirin or
- 0,5 g marganese solution or
- 0,4 g citric acid or
- 1 tablespoonful of vinegar or
- 2-3 drops of liquid ammonia or
- 1 teaspoonful of boric acid or
- 15-20 g sugar or glucose or
- 1 activated carbon tablet.
To get the most enjoyment from flower spikes, pick when the first florets are beginning to open. The remaining florets will open in time. Cut the spikes in the early morning or evening for maximum freshness. Put spikes in cold water immediately after cutting. Leave glads in a cool, dark place for several hours before arranging. This will help flowers harden off and last longer. As the florets fade, remove them to keep the glads looking their best. Change the water daily, and give stems a fresh cut to extend the life of the glads.