Organic Roses Are Red, But For How Long?

One Dozen Classic Red Roses   

Whether you’re sending or receiving any of the 150 million roses that are delivered on Valentine’s Day, choosing the right florist and knowing how to care for the flowers can extend the holiday happiness beyond a chocolate box sugar buzz.

Organic roses are popular this year and several online florists, including Organic Bouquet, will ship velvety blossoms that are as kind to the environment as you are to your sweetheart.

Recently, two dozen fair-trade certified roses were delivered to me.  The flowers came from a distributor that donates part of their proceeds back to the growers in Ecuador, and not only were the blossoms absolutely stunning, they smelled fantastic.  You can order them online, or pick some up the next time you’re at Sam’s Club.

Surprisingly, those roses lasted for over a week without any extra attention.  I’ve heard the usual tricks for extending the life of flowers: cutting stems on an angle, adding aspirin to their water, or using the packet of preservatives from the florist, but I don’t really know if they’re effective. A horticulturist from the University of Missouri suggests an unusual concoction made by combining 12-ounces of lemon-lime soda, 12-ounces of water and half a teaspoon of bleach.  Apparently the clear, sugary soda feeds the flowers while the bleach prevents bacteria from growing in the vase.  Does it work?  I’m going to test it on my own Valentine’s bouquet so stay tuned!


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