Having fresh cut flowers in ones house is a great way to both brighten up a room and brighten up someone’s day! Naturally, you’re going to want to keep those flowers as fresh and lovely as possible – but it seems that not everyone is sure how to do that! I remember when I was growing up, my mom would always be hesitant to buy flowers because she just wasn’t sure how to make them last and so we didn’t often have fresh flowers in the house.
There is no magic to keeping your cut flowers alive and happy, just a few simple tips that will make all the difference in your enjoyment of them. In order to have them last, it is important to give them a little TLC; as one of my coworkers likes to say, “Show them a little love, and they’ll show you love right back!”
Change the water daily:
- Change the water daily if possible
- Eliminates amount of bacteria in water
Trim the stems, pull excess leaves:
- Trim flower stems before placing in water
- Flower stems seal when away from water for extended periods of time
- Once sealed, stems cannot absorb water
- Pull off any leaves resting in water
- Leaves sitting in water decay quickly, increasing bacteria
Use flower food or a home-made preservative
- Square package of powder is floral food and preservative
- Mix this powder into the water before placing your flowers
- Flower preservative is easy to make at home too!
1 Tbsp vinegar
2 Tbsp sugar
0.5 Tbsp household chlorine bleach
4 cups of water ( 1 cup of warm water to dissolve the sugar, 3 cups cool water)
That’s all there really is to it! If you are sure to give your flowers this little bit of care, they will continue to live beautifully to the fullest extent! With proper treatment, they should be lasting you between 7 and 14 days.