New research conducted by the American Floral Endowment indicates that a commercially used substance may extend the longevity of cut flowers.
The solution, chlorine dioxide, is typically used to sanitize fruits and vegetables. Scientists who carried out the study applied the agent to fresh cut flower stems and studied the results.
The group studied a variety of flowers, including snapdragons, delphiniums, carnation chrysanthemums, gerbera, Asiatic lilies and roses. After testing several solutions at various levels of solvency, the group found that cut flowers lived longer after the application of the agent.
According to the research, the solution helps reduce bacteria in vases, which is a large part of what makes flowers wilt. The lifespan of eight out of 10 flowers was increased from 7 to 77 percent.
This news may be beneficial to those who plan on sending bouquets of flowers to a loved one as a gift or token of appreciation. Many of the flowers in the study are fantastic additions to a floral arrangement, particularly during the summer months.
For instance, the snap dragon comes in a variety of colors, and features fragrant and plentiful flower heads, according to GardenGuides.com.
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