A vase full of fresh cut flowers can instantly reinvigorate a room and is a very popular method used in interior décor. Naturally, you want those beautiful flowers to last for a long time. So how can you do that since we all know most flowers won’t last longer than a few days.There are several tricks you can use.
First of all, make sure the flowers you want to buy are fresh. To do that, squeeze the flower where the petals meet the stem. If it’s soft and squishy, the flowers are not fresh so keep checking till you find the right ones.
Once you get home, prep the flowers. Remove any wilted petals and leaves as well as the greenery from the bottom of the stems. This helps the remaining leaves and petals stay healthy and fresh for longer periods of time, since there are no others to steal their nutrients.
Trim the ends of the stems under running water or a bowl of water at a 45 degree angle. This prevents extra air from getting into the stems and allows flowers to better absorb water and nutrients. Always use a very sharp knife instead of scissors to get a clean cut.
If possible, trim the stems every day. This way your flowers will get a steady flow of nutrients and water. Immediately after the stems are all prepared, get the flowers in water. Make sure you use a clean vase. Wash it with soap and water to get rid of microorganisms.
Aside from absorbing water and nutrients from the soil, flowers also get a daily dose of mist in their natural environment. You can replicate that by spraying the flowers with water every day.
And since they no longer receive nutrients from their roots, you’ll have to take care of that part and feed the flowers. You can get commercial flower food that comes in small packets. You find these at the florist.
If you’re buying a bouquet of flowers for someone, make they don’t witter till you get there. So either get flowers that are packet with individual water containers or wrap the stem bottoms in damp paper towels.
And remember, flowers like cool temperatures so find them a nice and comfortable spot.