Poinsettia -- Cut Flowers

By The Old House Web
Poinsettias can be cut and used in flower arrangements, provided the stems are sealed.

Cut the "blooms" with at least four inches of stem. Immediately seal the cut end by dipping in boiling water or holding over a flame for fifteen seconds. Make sure hands are protected with a kitchen mit. Sealing prevents the sap from oozing from the cut and thus, preventing the cut stem from wilting.

"Blooms" should last a week or more. Make sure the cut end is in water or a wet florist block. Discard flowers when wilted and leaves start falling.

This method works for plants accidentally damaged during transport or carelessly broken.


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