6 Steps to Keep Flowers Fresh Longer
Mark the next special occasion (like Valentine’s Day!) with fresh flowers. Nothing brightens your mood or a room like a fragrant floral arrangement. Cut flowers just look so darned pristine—at least for the first couple of days.
But before you know it, the water gets cloudy, the flower heads start to droop, and petals drop. Your once beautiful bouquet is well, a smelly mess. At that point, it’s too late to save them.
Don’t let this happen to you! Keep cut flowers looking fresh longer by trying these easy peasy tips!
1. Recut the Stems
Cut the stems at an angle so your pretty flowers can soak up all the H2O they can. It won’t make them last forever, but it will extend their life a few extra days.
2. Use a Floral Additive
Dissolve a little packet of preservative in the water before you arrange your flowers. Pick up a few additional packets from the florist to add it when you change the water. If you don't have preservative packets, you can add a little bit of vinegar, bleach, vodka, lemon-lime soda, sugar, or aspirin to the water to keep the flowers looking perky. These are easy items that you can probably find around the house.
3. Change Out the Water
Your flowers like drinking stale, dirty water about as much as you do. Change the water every two days to keep your cuttings happy and healthy.
4. Clean the Vase
When you change the water, scrub down the sides of the vase to remove water scum and bacteria that might harm those precious buds.
5. Avoid Direct Sun
Flowers love sun while growing, but once cut they're happier in the shade. Protecting them from direct sun will prevent wilting and petal drop.
6. Cool 'Em Down
Overnight, place your flowers in a cool room or even in the fridge during the summer. It will help them retain moisture so they stay fresh looking longer.
© 2020 Linda Chechar