How wonderful it is when someone presents you with a flowers, wrapped in paper or in a box, straight from the florist. If you’re looking for a way to make those Valentine’s Day roses, graduation bouquet, or anniversary arrangement bloom vibrantly and stay fresh for a few more days, try one of these tips:
– Pour about 1/4 cup of soda into the water in a vase full of cut flowers. The sugar in the soda will make the blossoms last longer.
– Cut flowers will last longer if the stems are prepared correctly. For best results, cut the stems underwater. Cutting them under water prevents air from getting into the veins in the stem of your flower.
– a spritz of hair spray can help your cut flowers look fresh longer. Stand a foot away from the bouquet and give them a quick spray, just on the undersides of the leaves and petals.
– Add a few drops of vodka (or any clear spirit) to the vase water for antibacterial action along with 1 teaspoon sugar. Change the water every other day, refreshing the vodka and sugar each time.
– Freshly cut flowers will last longer if you add 1/4 teaspoon bleach per quart (1 litre) of vase water. Another popular recipe calls for 3 drops bleach and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1 quart (1 litre) water.
Use these easy tricks to make your flowers last longer!