“Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul.”
There’s nothing like the beauty of freshly-picked flowers. Be it a bouquet from the local florist or a single rose on a stem – they always impart a special joy to the receiver. They also help us communicate our emotions with their secret floral language, which has been around since the Victorian era. Flowers mean so much to us, and watching them wilt away in just a few days is…simply depressing. But what can one do after all? Prolong their freshness of course!
Keep your blooms looking fresh for longer with these 17 simple DIY hacks:
- Remove the wrapping from flowers & place them in water as soon as possible.
- Make sure that the vase you use is clean by washing it first. This will remove any microorganisms.
- Cut the stems longer to increase the surface area for water intake.
- Don’t crush the stems while cutting the plant.
- Cut the stems underwater to prevent the blocking of their water uptake.
- Avoid using soft water for flowers, as it has too much sodium.
- Treat them to a bit of either vodka, lemonade, bleach or vinegar, mixed with sugar (for nutrients), for antibacterial action.
- Use lukewarm water for most flowers, but cold water for bulb flowers like tulips and daffodils.
- Don’t top off but change the water every 2 days – which is the most effective thing to do for prolonging the freshness of flowers.
- Keep delicate blossoms away from direct sources of heat and move them away to a cooler place at night.
- Store cut flowers away from fruits, which release gas that causes them to age quicker.
- Ensure that you place flowers in a clean container, to reduce the risk of bacteria and other microorganisms infecting your flowers.
- Trim the stems by making an angled 45°cut every time you change the water, or once every few days. This increases the surface area for the flower to absorb more water.
- Chop off any leaves touching the water, as they can rot and harbor bacteria, which can speed up the damage.
- Make sure that the vases you’re using are stable, by adding pebbles to support the flowers. Clean them regularly for best results.
- Tulips continue growing even after they’ve been cut, so trim them often.
- Clean your vases with warm soapy water and a bottle brush. A dissolvable aspirin tablet will clean all the hard-to-reach places.
Starting today, follow these handy tips to prolong the life of your cut flowers, and brighten up your interiors for a longer time! This will help you save more and also enjoy the natural beauty of blossoms in their full glory.