Ruth52
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Bells of Ireland in bouquets?

I planted Bell of Ire. for the first time this year...I just love the way they look in a boquet. When I have something new...I always cut and try in my house to make sure they are going to hold....have tried twice..each time they last for about 2 days...then turn into a totally limp mess! I pick all the leaves off...the little white flowers are just starting to open in the middle...what am I doing wrong???

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I believe the flowers ... all of them, not just Bells of Ireland ... that are used in commercial bouquets are treated to prolong their fresh look. I know of at least one spray used to make flowers last longer. It's called Aquafresh, but I have no idea what's in it or where to go to buy it. Distributors of florists' supplies, I suppose. :)
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Normally most perennials & bulbs don't last long in water because you are taking them away from their home. Yes there are some used for cut flowers but most are not.

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bells of ireland

I would try cutting them and plunging them in water right away and cut them when the flowers are fully open, more mature. I used to grow them more for drying but some cut flowers need to be put in water as you cut them. Cheryl
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I always cut directly into water...early morning...and have since tried more mature flowers. Same result. I use "The Flower Farmer" (Lynn Byczynski) book as a guide for most of my cut flowers. It just says cut into water...they have a vase life of 7-10 days. Someone suggested searing the stem...so I tried that yesterday....we'll see if that helps. Thanks for all the input.

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