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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Flower Street at Little India Klang - Part 3 Cut Flowers

When I buy cut flowers for prayers, the most popular choice is chrysanthemums. For this purpose, my favourite colours are yellow, white and red.

Will you buy flowers that has been artificially dyed?

I prefer to buy flowers in their original colours.

Do you have a tip how to make cut flower stay longer in a vase?

Heath Aster / White Aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides)

Updated on 1.11.11
I think the above flowers are White Asters, also known as Heath Aster, scientific name: Symphotrichum ericoides (Syn: Aster ericoides) a wildflower of Illinois, USA. Please correct me if I am wrong.

Here are some of the ways I've been told, true or false?
1) Dissolve 1 tablet of aispirin in the water
2) Dissolve some sugar in the water
3) Cut the stalks at a slanted angle
4) Mist the flowers
5) Add some mouthwash liquid like Listerine to the water
6) Change the water every other day

Extra tips from commenters - Thank you !:
1) One - cut the stalk in water.
2) Malar - use paracetamol tablets
3) Plant Postings - put flowers in the fridge or cool place (like air-cond room)
4) Mac from Australia - add sugar to water and cut the stalks at an angle
5) Connie - cut the flower stalks under warm water, use bleach or flower food. 

Aster Solidago

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Flower Street at Little India Klang - Part 3 Cut Flowers”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ on October 29th, 2011.


This is my entry for Today's Flowers # 167, my grateful thanks to TF team Santilli - Denise - Pupo - Sandy Carlson.


  1. Just to add, cut the stalk in water.
    Lovely captures. I prefer the original colours too.

  2. This sounds like an interesting experiment. And your montage of all the color is fantastic!!! Love it!! At first I thought it was colored through a program....really nice arrangements!!!

  3. Tylko naturalne kolory chryzantem, nie cierpię farbowanych. Lubię białe i żółte. Pozdrawiam

  4. Thank you for this fantastic flowers, wonderful variety of colors ..
    LG: Karin

  5. I was really surpriced at first over the strong blue colour of your flowers but yes, I prefer the natural ones. I never had any luck with stalks som I have no tips to give. Next time I will try your trick with aspirine :)

  6. Wow! The color alone has fascinated me. Pretty!

  7. I've heard of the aspirin theory. How would we know though unless we did two vases the same day and did one with aspirin and one without.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  8. I would prefer the original colours too.

  9. I saw workers spraying flowers with different colours at Cameron Highlands.

    They were beautiful, they were not real.

  10. Excellent color treatment. Beautiful!

  11. I prefer flowers in their natural colours. Thanks for so many tips about cut flowers. What is the name of the white daisy like flower in your photo?

  12. I'd never go for the artificially-coloured ones too!Interesting to read the tips. Your photos are beautiful!

  13. Very interesting color combinations...

  14. Wow, lovely colors and beautiful mums. A gorgeous and colorful post. Happy Sunday!

  15. Wonder if there is no colors in flowers would they be looking good?

  16. interesting art -lovely blooms! :) love it!

  17. I've heard of those tips for cut flowers, too. But I don't use aspirin or sugar in the water--especially if I plan to change the water frequently. But the other methods seem to work. Also, if you can store your flowers in a cool place (refrigerator?) at night, that definitely helps. I've had Cosmos in a vase out on my back porch for weeks--the coolness seems to be keeping them in a state of perpetual bloom!

  18. I always add panadol into the water! It works!
    Those are really variety colours!

  19. The colors are beautiful (so are your photos!) but I prefer natural flowers also. Love the white ones!

  20. wonderful colors and lovely flowers :)

  21. Dear Frens, thank you very much for your nice words. It is much appreciated.

    Giga says, "Only natural colors of chrysanthemums, I hate dyed. I like white and yellow."

    Bananaz, I can't imagine a world with colourless flowers!

  22. I have heard of adding sugar to the vase water. I have heard of other things too but I can't remember what. And I have heard of various stem cutting techniques but I think it depends on the variety of flower?

    1. I have used the sugar method. Yes, certain flowers need a more slanted angle of cut in order to absorb more water.

  23. Hello A. Belle... Me again - Connie Chong-Ee ... I put the flowers in a bucket of warm water and then I cut the stalks at an angle (keeping the stalks under water as I cut) ... The whole idea is that the warm water goes straight up the stalks and forces air bubbles out ? That was what my instructor (flower arranging class) taught me... I can't remember exactly what she said but that is the general idea ... She also said to make sure to clean buckets and vases w/ bleach & water. I believe she said the florists sometimes leave flowers sitting in bleach water to kill bacteria? Somehow the bleach preserves the flowers a little longer. These days, when you buy cut flowers, the florist gives you these packs of "flower food". I have also done the aspirin thing as well.

    1. Connie, thanks for the tips. I have also heard about using a few drops of bleach in the water as a mild disinfectant and preservative. In Malaysia, we have to buy the 'flower food' which is sold in sachets at the florists.


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