Flowers brighten up any room and are a great way to show someone you care. But, as anyone who has ever bought a bouquet knows, they don’t come cheap. So, how can you make those flowers last?
Here are a few tips:
- Choose the right vase.
- Fill the vase with clean water.
- Add the flowers to the vase immediately after cutting them.
- Cut the stems at an angle.
- Change the water every few days and re-cut the stems when you do.
- Use the right flower food
Choose the Right Vase
The first step to making your flowers last is to choose the right vase. The material of the vase can make a big difference. Glass or metal vases tend to work best because they don’t absorb water like ceramic or clay vases can.
Fill the Vase with Clean Water
You should always use clean water when filling your vase. Bacteria in dirty water can cause your flowers to wilt and die quickly. You can use tap water, but letting it sit for 24 hours before adding it to the vase will help remove any chemicals that could harm the flowers.
If you’re worried about bacteria, you can also add a floral preservative to the water. These products are designed to keep flowers fresh and can usually be found at your local florist or grocery store.
Add the Flowers to the Vase Immediately After Cutting Them
Once you’ve cut the stems of your flowers, it’s important to add them to the vase as soon as possible. This will help prevent them from drying out and wilting.
If you can’t put them in the vase right away, you can store them in a cool, dark place until you’re ready. Just make sure to add them to the vase as soon as possible.
Cut the Stems at an Angle
When cutting the stems of your flowers, be sure to do it at an angle. This will help them absorb water better and stay fresh longer.
Change the Water Every Few Days and Re-Cut the Stems When You Do
To keep your flowers fresh, it’s important to change the water every few days. When you do, be sure to re-cut the stems at an angle. This will help them continue to absorb water and stay hydrated.
You should also remove any leaves that fall below the water line. These leaves can rot and cause bacteria to form, which can harm the flowers.
Use the Right Flower Food
Another key to keeping your flowers fresh is to use the right flower food. These products are designed to provide nutrients and help flowers absorb water.
You can find flower food at most florists or grocery stores. Just be sure to follow the directions on the package so you don’t overdo it. Too much flower food can actually harm the flowers.
If you can’t find flower food or you’re not a fan of the products you do find – you can even make your own flower food!
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