Re: [beemonitoring] containers to hold cut flowers?
- For a study, add the bottom of milk jugs under the pot.
2 liter soda bottles.
etc (KISS system.)
I am planning a pollinator behavior study in which, for logistical reasons,
I will be using cut flowers rather than potted plants. I am thinking of
putting the stems in florists' foam, but I'm having a little trouble
figuring out what to use as containers to put the foam into. Plant pots
would be cheap and of a neutral color, but I'd rather have something without
holes in the bottom so that excess water won't be wasted. Food containers
tend to be more expensive and are often white, which I think might be
distracting to the pollinators (although at this point some sort of clear
food container is looking like my best bet). I've also considered having
the stems in flower vials, but I think they would be a good deal more work
to refill because that seems to require taking the lids off and then putting
them back on.
Have any of you done a study with cut flowers, and if so, what did you use?
I'd also welcome any cautions or other suggestions you might have with
regards to using cut flowers for a behavior study.