There is nothing more delightful than a bunch of fresh flowers on a table or shelf standing high. It can be a tricky job, however, to make those fresh flowers last longer than a few days. But how do you keep fresh flowers alive longer? Fortunately, there are quick and easy tricks that can help extend your florals’ lifespan. With that in mind, we have gathered the best tips that will help you to prolong the life of your fresh floral arrangements.
Trim and prune your flowers
Before putting in a vase, cut the fresh online flowers a little bit off the stems. Cutting your flowers from the bottom of the stem allows them to take in water and any additional plant food or preservatives that you may give them. You should also prune your flowers, apart from trimming the branches, by cutting leaves and shoots below the water line or any dead or wilted blooms. Clearing leaves below the waterline will reduce the growth of bacteria and help your bouquet remain longer and healthier.
Make sure the vase is clean
Make sure it’s totally clean before you put the flowers in the vase. The chance of bacteria and other microorganisms spreading and infecting the flowers would be minimized by this practice. One of the best ways to do this is by cleaning your vase thoroughly before you place your flowers on it. There’s no magic trick to sterilizing your vase, and no special vase cleaner is required. The goal is to eliminate any residue that past flowers have left behind and any bacteria that might hide within. All you need to do to sterilize your vase is trawl the inside of it with normal dish soap and then rinse it thoroughly with hot water. Finally, with a clean rag, dry the vase off and stand it upside down until you are ready to place your flowers in it.
Change the water regularly
Always start with a clean vase and fill it with room temperature water. Replace the water each day in order to keep your flowers fresh. And, before adding freshwater, do not forget to wash all the debris from the container. The risk of infection will be minimized by this. In a vase filled with water, you can also add a few aspirin tablets to help keep the water clean and free of flower-damaging bacteria.
Feed them flower food
Feeding flowers is another convenient way to keep your blooms looking fresher and better for longer. You’d find plenty of DIY techniques to keep flowers blooming for longer, but the flower food that comes with them is really the best. It gives all the nutrients they need to continue to look lush. There are a few other choices available to help keep your blossoms fresh if your flowers have not come with a package of plant food. Before adding your flowers to the water, incorporating four tablespoons of clear soda or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and sugar to your vase can help continue to look their best for a few extra days. This formulation will also help to keep bacteria at bay while keeping your flowers healthy.
Refrigerate fresh flowers overnight
Yes, you read it correctly! There’s a reason why florists to keep their flowers in a refrigeration system, and a lot of statistical evidence indicates that flowers thrive in a cool setting. The lower temperatures slow down the aging process – particularly in summer when the mercury rises. Simply put your flowers (with the vase) in the fridge each night before bed, and let them chill out for six to eight hours, then bring them back on show in the morning.
Having flowers as a gift is a joy at all times. Nothing breathes new life and colour into a home like a vase of stunning, fresh flowers. So try these tips to increase your flowers’ lifespan, and enjoy their charm a little while longer!