Folls Flower Farm

  (Auburn, New York)
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Keeping your flowers fresh!

Keeping your Flowers Fresh

To have your flowers last as long as possible follow these simple tips.
If your flowers have been out of water, recut the stems an inch or two.
Cut the stems with a clean knife or sharp scissors or clippers on an angle.
Use a super clean vase!  
Use flower food if available and follow the packet directions.
Use purified water if available, such as reverse osmosis.  Do not use water from a salt based water softening system.  Salt will reduce the life of the flowers.  If your water has fluoride in it certain flowers will be adversely affected especially lilies.
Keep your flowers away from heat, sunlight, vegetables and fumes- gas or cigarettes.
Do not let the flowers run out of water.  They are very thirsty and will drink a lot!
If they do run out of water, recut stems and add fresh water.
If you don’t have flower food you can try a little sugar, lemon juice and bleach.  The sugar feeds the flowers, the lemon juice lowers the ph, and the  (few drops only) of bleach will kill the bacteria.
If you don’t want to do all that, fresh water is better than yuckey water any day!


Flowers for Food

Normally our flower farm lies dormant in the winter, like the flowers.  This year, however, we are starting a non profit organization called Flowers for Food the purpose of which is to sell Christmas flowers and greens arrangements and use the money to donate to local food banks and international organizations like Oxfam.  We will offer different sizes with different candle colors for various price points.  I am hoping to get some garden clubs and church groups interested in doing a workshop to raise even more funds for food.  I think this idea could be used by many people even if it were just a portion of profits or a set number of pieces.  I will be adding information to my website as soon as possible but if anyone has questions please email us.
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