1. FUNCTION OF FLOWER PRESERVATIVES
There are a lot of ways to lengthen the life of your flowers but one of the most effective, popular and preferred ones is the usage of a flower preservative. A flower preservative is usually a mixture of several compounds which when combined greatly contribute to the growth of flowers and their healthy condition. The three things that make flower preservatives so successful are a germicide, sugar and an acidifier.
2. APPLYING GERMICIDE
Incessant provision of water is essential for cut flowers and their successful growth and life. However, if that water gets polluted in any way the flower will be damaged. What germicide succeed in doing is to keep the water in the container of your flower completely fresh and free of any pollution. It eliminates any tiny organisms that may cause damage or prevent the flower from keeping its healthy condition. Cut flowers are quite vulnerable to such bacteria because they are usually active on the end of the stem. In the end of the stem of each flower there are miniature quantities of sugar that are constantly amassing there and it is exactly this sugar that the organisms use as their nutrition. In the worst case scenario those little parasites may multiply and unless the stem is cleaned properly it won‘t be long before the whole flower gets eaten which may eventually lead to its rotting. What those little bugs do is to literally stop the water supply coming to the flower‘s system. It is like they are unable to absorb water which is of course, quite devastating for them.
3. THE IMPORTANCE OF SUGAR
This is an ingredient which is quite important for the color of the flower. As you know, the richer is the particular color of the flower, the more healthy it is. Sugar keeps the colors of the flower alive. Another essential function supported by sugar is the flowers‘ specific aroma. Without sugar in the flowers, the rose and the violets for instance will be recognizable not by their incredible, lovely, unique odour but only by their beautiful colors. Sugar is usually created on the leaves in the process of photosynthesis itself. This is exactly the reason why flowers can‘t survive in a thoroughly dark space-the shortage of sugar due to the absence of photosynthesis. When a preservative is added to the flower the sugar is absorbed through the end of the stem where the cut was made and when it is inside the flower‘s system it feeds it supporting its proper functions. As the previous paragraph mentioned, never feed the flower sugar without backing it up with a germicide because micro-organisms will develop, ultimately killing the flower after feeding on its sugar supply.
4. THE ADVANTAGE OF USING ACIDIFIER
When a flower is cut it absorbs water a lot more quickly. And when there is some sort of acid in the water, then the effects gets multiplied and the process of the flower acquiring water becomes even faster. So, pick any sort of acidifier and add it to the water in a quantity which won‘t damage or alter the usual process of the flower growing in any way. The acid you add must be just the right quantity so that the flower can absorb water faster. A great choice for an acid is vinegar and the right quantity for an acidifier is around 3.5 pH.
Every flower preservative will greatly take care of your flowers through the effectiveness of those three ingredients and you should acquire one if you want your flowers to grow for a long time strong, beautiful.