A bouquet of bright blooms can bring cheer to any space but the sad truth is that flower bouquets don’t last forever. However, there are tips and guidelines that you can use to ensure the longevity of your flowers. So we are going to talk about everything you need to know to make flowers last longer.
Flower care tips:
To make your flowers stay fresh longer, you have to follow a few flowers care guidelines.
- First of all, you have to cut the stems, one of the most common mistakes people make after receiving flowers is forgetting to cut the stems.
- You have to remove any leaves below the water line, it will make your bouquet look better but it will also prevent bacterial growth. Some flowers, like for example roses, have guard petals which are two or three outermost petals of the flower.
- It’s not only important to get your bouquet hydrated, but to do so wisely. Your flowers won’t last long without water, especially one their stems have been cute. After picking out a clean vase, fill it with room temperature water and add in a packed of flower food. You have to make sure that the packet has been properly mixed and that the water is not too diluted or too concentrated. It’s also important to clean your vase thoroughly and change out the water and lower food every two to three days.
- Avoid direct sunlight it’s also important, your flowers will last longer in a room with cool temperatures. Avoid displaying them in direct sunlight or near appliances that generate heat. You’ll also want to avoid areas like open windows, heating or cooling vents.
Some hacks to make your flowers last longer:
- Apple cider vinegar and sugar: Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of water into a vase before adding your flowers. Vinegar acts as an antibacterial agent while the sugar acts as additional flower food.
- Aspirin: Mix 1 crushed aspirin into your vase of fresh flowers. Aspirin is said to lower the pH level of the water allowing it to travel through the flower faster, preventing wilting. Aspirin might be the solution to a head ache, but it’s not your best bet for keeping your flowers fresh.
- Bleach: Add ¼ teaspoon of bleach to your vase of fresh flowers and they should stay fresh longer, at least that’s what they say. Bleach will keep your water from getting cloudy as well as help fight bacteria. The bleach did indeed keep the water in the vase from getting too cloudy although, it didn’t stand out in keeping the bouquet fresh.
- Coins: Add a copper penny to your fresh bouquet. The copper should act as an acidifier, fighting the bacteria growth in your arrangement. On day 4, the blooms. With the copper penny opened up nicely, it may have caused the flowers to open too quickly resulting in a few wilting flowers by day 7.
- Flower food: Adding flower food to your vase of fresh flowers is a tried and true way to keep your blooms fresh longer. Each out of our tested bouquets also received a packet of flower food along with their treatment.
- Fridge: Put your bouquet in the fridge very night before bed., flowers are said to thrive in cooler temperatures. It is thought that the low temps help slow the aging. Looks like floral bouquets like to stay nice and cool. The bouquet that went in the fridge overnight came in first place and it is the best way to make flowers last longer.
- Soda: Put ¼ cup of soda in a vase full of fresh flowers. The sugar in soda is said to make your blooms last longer and even smelling sweeter too. Looks like flowers enjoy some extra sweetness, the soda came in as our runner up trick to making flowers last longer.
- Vodka: Add a few drops of vodka (or any clear spirit) to your vase of flowers. Vodka is said to have a different effect on flowers. The spirit’s ability to inhibit ethylene production, a ripening gas that helps plants mature, slows the wilting of the flowers.