How To Extend the Life of Fresh Flowers for Staging

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Real Estate Agent with Dove Realty Inc.

I know many things go better with Coke, but cut lilacs last longer, look fresher, and smell even better when fed a diet of 1 part 7 Up (NOT diet) and 2 parts water. Before you put them in the vase, smash the ends of the stems with a hammer or meat tenderizing mallet. It allows more water to be absorbed. This arrangement has been in my entryway for 5 days now and looks and smells as fabulous as when I first cut them!

 

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Rainmaker
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Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
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I think it has to do with the sugar. My mom osed an aspirin in hers.

May 14, 2008 01:57 PM #13
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Hope Designs
Hope Designs - Bolton, ON
Hope Designs, Toronto’s Award Winning Home Staging

Hi Susan: thanks for the tip, I have always been a big fan of adding sugar to the water. I will give your idea a try.

May 14, 2008 01:59 PM #14
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

I love your lamp-simply gorgeous! I always use sugar and never knew the correct measurement-thank you Susan!!

May 14, 2008 03:37 PM #15
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
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Susan ~ What gorgeous lilacs!! I can just almost smell them from your picture ... thanks for this great tip.
May 14, 2008 03:46 PM #16
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Sean, Joel, Teresa and Mary Lou: Thanks for your comment and one additional point you only smash the stems of flowers with woody stems.

May 14, 2008 06:05 PM #17
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Nancy, Michelle, and Kathy: Thanks for commenting and I think you'll be amazed at how well it works.

Tori Lynn and Gene: The citric acid keeps the bacteria down and the sugar feed the flowers.

Sandra: I use Peruvian Lilies (astromelia) in my listing. They aren't very expensive ($2.99 @ Trader Joes) and they can last up to 2 weeks.

May 15, 2008 01:06 PM #18
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Patty Carroll
Vancouver, WA

Thanks for the tip. We just learned that added a few pennies to cut tulips helps them stay standing.

May 15, 2008 06:26 PM #19
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Lori: It really work!

Cathy: Thanks. I got it in a junk store for a few bucks and I use it all of the time.

Maureen: They actually lasted a whole week.

Patty and Scott: I'm going to try that penny trick. Thanks.

May 22, 2008 06:19 PM #20
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Lisa Friedman
Alliance Realtors - Bedminster, NJ
Central New Jersey Real Estate

Smashing stems and 7Up (not diet) - wonder how people ever think of trying these things!

Jul 10, 2008 02:21 AM #21
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Karen Hubert
Center Stage Design-real estate staging, Ancaster/Hamilton - Ancaster, ON
Home Stager

Hi Susan, This is genious.  I'll try it.

Jul 12, 2008 01:18 AM #22
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Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

This is always a challenge and with more homeowners demanding fresh for their staging, it's important to have that coke on hand.  Thanks

Jul 12, 2008 07:49 PM #23
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Cynthia Bartch
Granville, OH

Susan,

I'm envious of the beyond beautiful lilacs you have grown, OK that is now next on my list to plant! The foyer looks lovely!

There is a gardening group you should post this to, it would be a welcome addition.

Jul 13, 2008 05:09 AM #24
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Holly Sirois
Sold on Staging - Atlanta, GA
Home Stager - Atlanta

Susan: My fiance of all people told me about the 7 up trick the first time he bought me roses. It really does work. I've heard it was from the sugar but could it also be the citrus? Isn't 7-up lemon/lime? That is beautiful arrangement of lilacs - so simple but elegant!

Jul 13, 2008 05:34 AM #25
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Holly Sirois
Sold on Staging - Atlanta, GA
Home Stager - Atlanta

Just remembered where I heard the citrus thing. You can also soak apple or pear slices in Sprite/7-up to keep them from turning brown instead of using lemon juice -which leaves a sharp taste. 

Jul 13, 2008 05:39 AM #26
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Lisa, Karen and Terrylynn: All I know is that it works and it just about triples the life of fresh flowers.

Cynthia: Thanks! i'll check in to it.

Holly: The sugar feeds the flowers and the citrus fights the bacteria.

 

Aug 12, 2008 05:37 PM #27
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Cindy Lin
Staged4more School of Home Staging - South San Francisco, CA
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Great tip! The floral looks beautiful :)

I am bummed we missed each other while I was in Seattle, but there's always next time ;)

Aug 12, 2008 06:35 PM #28
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Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging

Susan,

The lilacs are just beautiful!  Thanks for the tip, I am going to try this with my next arrangement. Have you tried this with different flowers to see if their longevity is any better?

Aug 12, 2008 07:04 PM #29
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Cindy: Please let me know when you're up my way again.

Michelle: It works with just about everything but you only need to smash the stems of flowers with woody stems.

Aug 22, 2008 06:43 PM #30
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Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
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Lovely photo Susan.  I LOVE lilacs and have fond memories of being in the backyard reading near their fragrance.  One of my favorites and what a good tip.  THANKS

Aug 22, 2008 07:06 PM #31
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Wanda Richards
Shows Great Home Staging and Web Solutions - Roanoke, VA
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Thanks Susan for the great info.

Aug 22, 2008 10:15 PM #32
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