Three sources of water—WAPA, potable water produced by the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority, cistern or rain water collected in below-house concrete tanks and bottled water were evaluated with and without addition of Flora Life (FL) preservative under greenhouse conditions for keeping cut Anthurium blooms. Significant differences in water source effects were recorded with untreated WAPA water having the longest vase life (VL) (29 days) followed by cistern and bottled water (23 days). Collectively, blooms in untreated water had a VL life of 24 days in contrast to 21 for FL-treated water. Untreated cistern and bottled water produced similar VL days, but the addition of FL significantly lowered the VL of cut flowers in bottled water. The apparent suitability of WAPA water for preserving cut Anthurium is significant since it is the least desirable for drinking and cooking in the VI and is less expensive than bottled water, but more so than cistern water.
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