It's no secret that I'm obsessed with all things pretty. There is something magical about a fresh bouquet of beautiful flowers. They look and smell gorgeous. Did you know there are some simple things you can do to prolong the life of your fresh cut flowers?
Keep reading to discover some tricks to keep those blooms looking fresh for as long as possible.
When looking for flowers to buy, head to your local market or florist. Supermarket flowers are not as fresh as buying direct. If the supermarket is your only option, look for bouquets with flowers that tend to last a bit longer, such as lilies or carnations. Or bouquets that have lots of buds, and/or greenery.
Cut and Re-arrange
When you get your bouquet home, take the flowers out of the paper and trim the stems before putting them into a vase. Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle with a sharp pair of scissors. Cutting them at an angle means they have more surface area to soak up the water. It's also good practice to remove any leaves that might end up under water.
Check the water
Use lukewarm water in your vase for most flowers. If you have any bulbs flowers such as tulips, daffodils or hyacinths, use cold water.
Keep the germs out
Did you know the water in the vase of cut flowers is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria? I have heard that adding a bit of bleach or vodka to the water can help (I haven't tried either of these). The number one way to keep the water clean and the flowers fresh is to change the water daily.
Keep them cool
Petals are delicate and can age if exposed to heat. Place your bouquet somewhere where the sun won't shine on them and away from your heater or fireplace.
Keep away from fruit
Did you know that keeping your fresh flowers near fruit can cause them to wilt? The fruit releases a natural gas, which ages the flowers. Best to keep your fruit and flowers separated.
Change the water
This is the single best thing you can do to keep your flowers fresh: Change the water daily! Don't just top up the vase, take the flowers out, clean the vase and change the water.
I have heard that the glucose in sprite or 7up can help to keep flowers alive longer - Try adding a dash in the vase. My Mum has always popped a Panadol into the vase which also seems to work wonders!
May your flowers be fresh and beautiful for longer, from here on in. Comment below with your tips and tricks. I love to hear from you. Until next time,