I got a few roses from my friends and I keep them in my office. I've changed their fresh water for three days but they won't stop fading. What can I do to extend their flowering? Some people tell me to put a little salt in the water, would this work?
I don't know if "soft water" is the correct translation. I mean non calcareous water.
A good cut:
You have to avoid crushing the xylem. Use precision scissors or an scalpel (cutter). If your really want a long lasting rose, make a new cut every day (or at least three days) to make sure the xylem remain open.
Removes what is not necessary:
Remove all decorative objects (paper, plastics, etc.) and leaves which are below the water level.
The best option is to buy some ready to use preservatives. But this is not a must. I will list some products that will help.
- Sugar: it contains a lot of glucose (involved in cellular respiration) [1% per volume of water].
- Aspirin: it works because it contains acids that help in water circulation on cuts [3 quarters per liter of water].
- Bleach: to prevent water putrefaction [1 milliliter per liter of water].
A few drops of vodka and a teaspoon of sugar every other day with fresh water does the trick for all my cut flowers... Vodka to stop bacterial growth, and sugar to nourish the flowers. I originally come from a former USSR country, and this trick is very popular there. Once I got 16 days out of cut roses which has been an unbroken record in my house!