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Keeping Your Cut Flowers Fabulously Fresh

woman holds a bunch of fresh cut flowers

Hey there, flower aficionados! If you’re anything like me, you probably love having a vase of vibrant, fresh-cut flowers to light up your room.

But isn’t it just the worst when they start drooping way sooner than you expected? Well, worry no more! I’ve compiled some tried-and-true tips to keep your blooms looking perky and fabulous for way longer than you thought possible. Trust me, with a little TLC, your flowers can be the long-lasting companions you’ve always wanted.

Snip, Snip – The Art of the Cut

First things first, give your flowers a proper welcome by giving them a good trim. Use sharp scissors or pruning shears to cut about an inch off the stems at a 45-degree angle. Why the angle, you ask? It increases the surface area for water intake and stops the ends from resting flat on the bottom of the vase, ensuring your flowery friends get all the hydration they need.

Water Wisdom

Fill your vase with lukewarm water, as most flowers drink that up the best. Add in that flower food packet that comes with bouquets—it’s not just “florist fluff.” It actually helps! If you’ve lost the packet in your excitement, don’t fret. You can DIY a nifty substitute by mixing ¼ teaspoon of bleach, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and a few drops of clear vinegar into the water. This concoction works wonders by feeding your flowers, keeping the water clean, and fighting off bacteria.

Location, Location, Location!

Just like in real estate, location matters for your blooms too. Keep your vase out of direct sunlight, away from vents, and far from fresh fruit. Yes, you heard that right—fruit! Ripe fruits release tiny amounts of ethylene gas that can make your flowers age before their time.

Change is Good

Be kind to your petals and change their water every two days or so. It might sound like overkill, but fresh water keeps bacteria at bay and your flowers sipping happily. When you do, give the stems another quick trim to keep them open for hydration.

Leaf Me Alone

Make sure there are no leaves below the waterline in your vase. Leaves submerged in water can rot quickly, leading to bacterial growth that’s harmful to your blooms. Just pluck off any leaves that will be under the water before arranging your flowers in the vase.

Make it Last

Got your flowers looking picture-perfect? Awesome! To make that freshness last even longer, consider giving them a nightly chill. Flowers love a cooler environment, so placing them in the fridge overnight can work wonders. Just make sure to move the leftover takeout to make some room.

And there you have it, fellow flower lovers—your comprehensive guide to prolonging the life of your precious cut flowers. With these tips, your blooms will be sticking around, adding color and fragrance to your space for as long as possible. Now go forth and keep those bouquets flourishing!


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