We are big fans of fresh cut flowers all year round, but now that it’s spring, it just feels a bit more natural. Whether it be tulips, daffodils, peonies or something more exotic we all want our bouquets to remain fresh for as long as possible. Here are some tip on how to get the most out of your flowers:
1. Trim the stems - Yes, we know this is the first thing your mother always told you when you first got flowers, but it really does help the amount of water the flowers are able to absorb. Make sure to trim them at an angle.
2. Use warm water – This will help the flowers stand up straighter if you use either warm or hot water.
3. Remove leave below the water line - When you cut off the excess it will prevent any extra rotting underneath the water line.
4. Sugar and vinegar - This will do wonders for your flowers. Mix 2 tablespoons of sugar with 2 tablespoons of vinegar to create the ultimate plant food. The sugar acts as nutrients for the plants while the vinegar acts as an antibacterial agent.
5. Aspirin - This will increase acidity levels and kill bacteria.
6. Put a penny in the water - Did you know copper works as a fungicide? This ‘cheap’ solution will keep your flowers looking fresher much longer.
7. Keep the flowers cool - Keep them away from and heat sources like direct sunlight or heaters to protect them from wilting.
8. Change the water daily - It may be a pain, but it will keep everything much nicer and fresher. An added tip would be to trim the stems everytime you change the water.
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