Flowers have the amazing ability to fill a room with a sweet smell, beauty, and a lively energy. So it’s natural that we’ll want to make our freshly cut flowers last as long as possible while looking gorgeous in the process.
Tips Keeping Flowers Fresh and Making Them Last Longer:
1. Keep them cold
I’ve always wondered why my local flower shop has a huge fridge filled with flowers, well now I know why. If you put your flowers in the fridge overnight the cool air will keep them from going back quicker, and you can simply pull them out the next morning and put them back on display.
Spraying your flowers with a little bit of hairspray will make them last longer and also help the petals stay in place.
3. Cut the stems correctly
Not many people know that stems are supposed to be cut at a 45 degree angle, and about an inch from the bottom of the stem. This technique ensures that the flowers can properly suck in the water and stay hydrated.
4. Open closed buds
Put your flowers in warm water for a minute and then switch them to a vase full of cold water; leave them in the cold water for 2o minutes. This process will help open their buds.
5. Throw a penny into the water
Copper works wonders to help increase the shelf life of flowers. It acts as a acidifier and helps prevent bacteria and fungus from quickly growing/spreading.
6. Add vodka to the mix
Similar to the vinegar mix, add a teaspoon of white sugar and a few drops of vodka to the water before putting the flowers into the vase. The vodka actually prevents flowers from drooping/withering.
7. Make a vinegar mix
Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the water before putting your flowers into the vase. This will ensure that they stay fresh longer. But don’t forget to change the water every couple of days!