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Sensors and Materials, Volume 36, Number 5(1) (2024)
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Published: May 15, 2024

Enhancing Aesthetics and Prolonging Lifespan of Cut Flowers with an Innovative Water Circulation Filtration System [PDF]

Chien-Nan Chen, Ya-Chuan Ko, and Fang-Chen Hsu

(Received October 18, 2023; Accepted March 27, 2024)

Keywords: sensor, water circulation filtration, vase design, cross-domain integration design, environmental conservation

An innovative vase integrates a water circulation filtration system and an artistic design, aiming to prolong the lifespan of cut flowers while enhancing their aesthetics. Its cylindrical shape, featuring inlet and outlet water holes at the base, connects seamlessly to the filtration system, ensuring continual water filtration and recirculation. The frosted ceramic surface of the vase conceals stems, visually enhancing floral arrangements and harmonizing with the flowers and the vase itself. With a removable base facilitating easy cartridge replacement and maintenance, two separate water channels supply the internal filtration system. Its unidirectional piston controls water reservoirs and manages water flow. Experimentally, this vase significantly prolongs the longevity of diverse types of flowers. Lilies and carnations exhibit elevated aperture, water content, and antioxidant capacity, with reduced bacterial counts and ethylene content compared with the cases of using other methods. Chrysanthemums display slightly lower bacterial counts and ethylene content, albeit with similar aperture, water content, and antioxidant capacity to those when using traditional methods. Proven benefits include equivalence or superiority to traditional water replacement methods for all flowers, minimizing preservative use, reducing water consumption and bacterial growth, fostering living water, and ensuring the survival of larvae. This interdisciplinary design serves as a practical example for education and exemplifies innovation in extending the lifespan of cut flower and enriching floral aesthetics.

Corresponding author: Fang-Chen Hsu

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Chien-Nan Chen, Ya-Chuan Ko, and Fang-Chen Hsu, Enhancing Aesthetics and Prolonging Lifespan of Cut Flowers with an Innovative Water Circulation Filtration System, Sens. Mater., Vol. 36, No. 5, 2024, p. 1747-1759.

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