5 Quick Tips To Make Your Flowers Last Longer
Receiving a beautiful bright bouquet for a 'birthday' or 'just because' occasion makes for a bright and cheery gift, but what do you do with it afterwards? Whether you've been given loose flowers from the garden, or bought some flowers on special at the market, keeping them fresh and well maintained will reward you with a beautiful floral display for longer.
Here are a few important tips to prolong the life of your flowers:
1. Get the right container
Your vase or container should be tall enough to cover at least three to four inches of the flower stems, with a few extra inches for additional support. You can always trim your stems to fit the size of your vase. The size of your container doesn’t matter as much as the cleanliness of your container. Make sure your vase or other container has been cleaned thoroughly, because left over bacteria can age your flowers prematurely. Rinse out all of the soapy residue so it won’t damage your flowers.
2. Trim the ends of your stems
Fill your kitchen sink with cool water. Hold the stems underneath the level of the water and then trim them with sharp scissors. Make a diagonal cut so that all of the ends of the stems are pointed. This will increase the surface area of the flower stem that is exposed to the water, allowing the flowers to take in more water.
3. Prepare your vase
Fill your vase with enough warm water so that it will cover at least three to four inches of the stems. You can use specially made plant food that will increase the life of your flowers, or you can use aspirin. To use the aspirin method, crush two uncoated aspirin and add them to water. Stir in your plant food and aspirin completely into the water before adding your flowers.
4. Remove leaves
Submerged leaves are major contributors to the development of bacteria within a vase, which can shorten the shelf life of your flowers. Make sure you remove any leaves that will be below the level of the water to reduce bacteria. If any leaves fall into the water, remove them immediately.
5. Keep your vase clean
You should remove your flowers and add fresh water (with plant food or aspirin) as much as once a day. It’s important to at least switch the water out every three days to keep your flowers fresh. If a layer of scum begins to develop on the vase at the water level, remove the flowers and clean out the vase with a mild soap. Make sure to rinse thoroughly before adding the flowers back in.