There is nothing quite like the feeling of having fresh flowers in your home. The scent, the colors, the entire experience of their mere presence is good for the soul. However, flowers tend to wilt quite quickly. Here are some expert tips on how to keep your flowers as fresh as possible for as long as possible.
If You Don’t Have the Time
First off, taking care to make sure your flowers remain fresh does require a bit of preparation. However, if you simply do not have the time for such things, don’t worry, you can still ensure that you have fresh flowers every month by joining a flower subscription plan. Fresh flowers are delivered right to your door on a schedule of your choosing. This type of service also makes a great gift for Mother’s Day so make sure to order early so they are delivered on time.
Doing It Yourself
Of course, there are some who may want to keep the flowers fresh by themselves. It isn’t that difficult of a process but you do want to pay attention to what you are doing.
Any vase you are planning on putting flowers into should be tall and big enough to give the flowers support, but should not overcrowd the flowers. Make sure that the vase is clean and free from any residue. This ensures that they will not be subject to bacteria that may be left over from what was previously displayed in the vase.
To keep freshly cut flowers fresh, the stems need to be cut at an angle. The cutting needs to be done while they are either submerged in water or held under running water. Make sure to trim any leaves that may be below the waterline as leaving them on the stem can promote bacterial growth in the water and lead to their early demise.
You can make a natural preservative at home by using only four ingredients. Two tablespoons of lemon juice, one tablespoon of sugar, two drops of bleach, and a quart of water (make sure it’s warm) will get you a highly-effective preservative that will keep your flowers nice and fresh. The acidic juice gets the water into the stems, the sugar nourishes the flowers with carbohydrates and the bleach wards off any fungal or bacterial infection. Keep this mix out of the reach of children or any pets.
Just Add Water
Once you have the ingredients gathered it is time to place them into the vase. Once the flowers have been placed into the vase, add the warm water. It needs to be warm so that the stems are not shocked. Let the water sit for a few minutes. This allows the dissipation of any gasses still present in the water. After you wait a few minutes, place the preservative mix that you have made into the water. Make sure to change out the water every three days or so. This will ensure the flowers stay as fresh as possible.