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How to Make Cut Flowers Last Longer

– Posted in: Summer Season
How to Make Flowers Last

I think most people would agree that fresh flowers seem to perk up any room in the house.  They also offer us the wonderful benefit of elevating our mood and spirits!  Whether you arrange your flowers yourself, or purchase them from a florist, it is important to know how to make cut flowers last longer.

A vase, floral scissors, and a can of soda (or a packet of floral food) are all you need to get started.  There are several methods on how to make flowers last longer; however, the tips I offer here are my tried-and-true methods.  Hopefully, you will have good luck with them too!

  • The first thing you want to do is make sure you have a vase that is flower-friendly.  Wash your vase with a bleach solution to eliminate harmful bacteria.  Rinse and dry, then fill your container with room-temperature water.
  • Add either ½ cup of soda (for clear vases use clear soda like Sprite or 7 Up) to the vase of water, or a packet of floral food.  My preference is to use soda; however, if none is available – I will use flower food.  Be sure to read the directions on the packet carefully before adding to the water.
  • Trim the stems of the flowers at an angle and place them in the water immediately.  You will want to put them in the water as soon as possible after cutting.
  • Remove any greenery or flowers that fall below the water level.
  • Keep your flower arrangement out of direct sunlight to prevent premature wilting.
  • Periodically check on your flowers.  Remove floating debris from the vase, such as spent blooms and falling leaves.
  • If you want your floral arrangement to last as long as possible, place it in your refrigerator every night before going to bed.  Flowers love the cooler temps, and this one action alone will delay their aging process!
  • Re-cut the stems of your flowers and change the water every other day.

Most people have a vase or two laying around the house, so go grab the prettiest one you can find.  And don’t forget, even little spice jars can be re-purposed as tiny vases for a single bloom or two!  For even more floral pointers, you might want to read The Flower Recipe Book, which is full of invaluable information, photos, and tips.

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