Keeping the Magic Alive: 8 Tips to How to Keep Flowers Fresh Longer July 17, 2019 05:51
There's nothing quite like a bouquet of freshly cut roses to brighten up a room. But, unfortunately, this thing of beauty is not meant to be a joy forever. As enjoyable as lovely and sweet-smelling flowers are to have around, once they start to wilt it's time to get rid of them. While you can't keep fresh flowers around forever, there are a few things you can do to help prolong their lives.
Here are eight tips on how to keep flowers fresh that will let you continue to enjoy your bouquet for a few extra days.
1. Trim and Prune Your Flowers
Most people already know to cut a bit off of the stems of their fresh flowers before putting them in a vase -- but not many people know why or how to do it.
Trimming a little from the bottom of the stem of your flowers helps them to take in water and any extra plant food or preservatives you may give them. A plant that can drink well will last longer than one that can't.
Aside from trimming the stems, you should also prune your flowers by removing leaves and shoots below the water line or any dead or wilted blooms.
Removing leaves below the waterline can cut down on bacteria growth and help your bouquet stay healthier, longer.
2. Clean the Vase
The key to keeping your fresh cut flowers fresh is cutting down and preventing as much bacteria as possible.
One of the easiest ways to do this is by thoroughly washing out your vase before you put your flowers into it.
There's no secret trick to sterilizing your vase, and you don't need any special vase cleaner. The goal is to remove any residue left behind by past flowers and any bacteria that may be hiding inside.
To sterilize your vase, all you need to do is scour the inside of it with regular dish soap and then thoroughly rinse it with hot water. Finally, dry the vase off with a clean rag and place it upside down until you are ready to put your flowers in it.
3. Start With Warm Water
It's a proven fact that cold temperatures help flowers stay fresher longer -- something that we'll explore further, later in this article.
So, it stands to reason that filling your vase with ice-cold water will help your flowers keep their freshly-cut look and smell about them. But, the opposite is true.
While keeping your flowers cool once they're in the vase will help them stay fresh in the long run, you should first put them in warm water. Warm water will help your flowers start drinking, and can prevent stem shock.
Also, any plant food or additives you put in your bouquet's water will also dissolve faster in warm temperatures.
Just remember to use warm water, not hot water, as water that is too hot can end up damaging your flowers.
4. Add Plant Food
Another easy way to keep your flowers looking fresher and healthier longer is by feeding them.
Most store-bought bouquets come with a little packet of plant food that will help your flowers stay looking their best. But, for these packets to work the way they should, you need to make sure you follow their instructions.
Depending on the type of food, you could have to account for anything from the amount of water in the vase to the temperature of that water.
If your flowers didn't come with a packet of plant food, there are a few other options available to help keep your blossoms fresh.
While sugary soda is bad for us, it's great for flowers. Adding four tablespoons of your favorite clear soda to their water will help your flowers stay looking their best for s few extra days.
Another way to keep your bouquet pristine is by adding two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and sugar to your vase before adding your flowers. This combination will help keep bacteria at bay while keeping your flowers happy.
5. Keep Away from Windows and Vents
When it comes to keeping your flowers fresh, their placement is significant.
While sunlight is excellent for flowers that are still rooted in the ground, it's not as good for cut flowers in a vase.
Putting your flowers in direct sunlight can cause them to wilt faster and can boost the growth of certain bacterias in the vase.
You should also avoid putting your flowers directly under or near an air or heating vent.
6. Change the Water
As we said before, the key to preserving your flowers is by cutting back on the number of harmful bacteria in their vase. Another excellent way to do this is by dumping out the water every few days.
Judging when you need to swap out your flowers' water is easy. Once the water in the vase begins to yellow, fog up, or smell, it's time to dump it.
But, it's not enough to pour the old water out and add in new. When changing your flowers' water be sure to scrub out the vase again. Doing this will remove any plant residue or bacteria that may have built up inside of the vessel.
7. Remove Wilted Flowers
Wilted flowers and leaves can contaminate other healthy blooms by boosting the growth of bacteria. Removing wilted or dead leaves and petals before putting your flowers in a vase will help your bouquet look better and last longer.
This method goes hand in hand with changing the water. Whenever you take your flowers out of the vase to dump their water, give them a good once over and remove any blossoms or leaves that have started to decay.
8. Stick Your Flowers In the Fridge
Finally, the only surefire way to keep your flowers fresh is by treating them like all the other pieces of slowly decaying organic matter.
When you're not going to be around to enjoy your flowers -- pop them in the fridge!
Think of your beautiful arrangement of flowers like a head of lettuce. When you leave lettuce out on the counter at room temperature for too long, it begins to wilt.
The leaves get brown around the edges and turn rubbery, and before you know your once fresh and crisp head of iceberg has practically melted.
Sticking your flowers in the fridge slows down the decomposition process. And the longer something takes to decay, the longer you have to enjoy it.
How to Keep Flowers Fresh
A bouquet of freshly cut flowers can make for a beautiful, thoughtful gift, or can add a vibrant pop of color to any room. No matter why you buy flowers, we all want to be able to enjoy them for as long as possible.
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