Flowers are the most common gift for any life occasion and even some moments between them. A bouquet of lovely flowers can bring liveliness to any space and they leave a long-lasting impression, even after they wither. Whether you received flowers for graduation, anniversary, or you simply bought a beautiful bouquet from your coffee table, you will want to enjoy them as long as you can and as we all know, flowers do not last forever.
On the positive side, there are some guidelines that you can follow to ensure that your flowers last longer. In this article, you will be able to read about those guidelines. Let’s take a look:
1. Cut the Stems
One of the most common mistakes that you can make after you receive flowers is to forget to cut the stems. You should use garden shears or scissors to trim 1 to 2 inches off and make sure that you cut it at an angle. Cutting the stems at an angle will allow them to absorb water better since they will not be sitting flat on the bottom of the vase. After you cut them, make sure that you re-trim the bouquet once every 2 to 3 days.
2. Prune the Flowers
You should remove any leaves that are below the waterline. It will not only make the flowers look better, but will prevent bacteria from developing. Some flowers – like roses – have guard petals that are two or three outermost petals of the flower. If you remove them, you will allow the flowers to open up fully. After the initial pruning, you should check the bouquet daily for loose or dead leaves and petals in order to avoid bacterial growth.
3. Water them Wisely
It is not only important to get the flowers hydrated, but you should do it wisely. They will not last long without water, especially if you cut the stems. After choosing a clean vase, fill it with room temperature water and add in a bag of flower food. Make sure that the flower food is properly mixed and that the water is not too concentrated or diluted. It will be necessary to clean your vase and change the water and the flower food every 2 to 3 days.
4. You should avoid direct Sunlight, Heat, Drafts, and Fruit
Did you know that your flowers will last longer in a cool room? You should avoid exposing them to direct sunlight or neat appliances that generate a lot of heat. And according to the experts from www.florachic.com, you will also want to avoid placing them in areas like heating or cooling vents, open windows, and ceiling fans since they will get dehydrated faster.
5. Use White Vinegar and Sugar
Flowers can use sugar as food, however, sugar encourages bacterial growth. Use one teaspoon of sugar or one spoon of white vinegar to keep your flowers fresh. You can even combine them to get the best out of both ingredients and you will be able to prolong the bouquet life even longer.
By following the five tips from this article, you will be able to keep your bouquet fresh, blooming, as well as prolong their life. So, if you have a lovely bouquet at home, do not waste any more time and start with trimming the stems.