How to Keep Flowers Fresh Longer
A bouquet of fresh flowers makes any room more cheerful. Without any treatment, fresh-cut flowers will wilt and die in three to five days. Do you ever wonder how to keep flowers fresh longer? Though florists usually include a packet of plant food with each bouquet, there are other tricks to lengthen the life of your flowers in addition to using the enclosed food.
Choose a vase that is big enough to hold the flowers without crowding them. If the vase from the florist is too small, separate the bouquet and put it in two smaller vases. If flowers are crowded, they cannot get enough water to drink and will wilt and start to die sooner.
As soon as you can, recut the stems. Make sure the stems are the right length so that each one is fully submerged in water. Trim the end of each stem with scissors at a 45-degree angle to maximize water absorption. Make sure your scissors are sharp — a dull pair of scissors can crush the stem, which reduces water flow to the plant. Remove any leaves that fall below the water line.
Cut flowers absorb warm water easier than cold water, so use lukewarm water to fill the vase. Change the water every day so that the flowers always have fresh water. Trim the stems every time you change the water.
Food for Flowers
Plants need nutrients, even after they are cut. Giving the plant sugar can help it last a few extra days. Use the enclosed packet of plant food or make your own with a one-to-one mixture of citrus soda and water. You can also add one or two teaspoons of white sugar to the water to feed your flowers.
Bacteria and mold can cause a flower to wilt prematurely. To stop either from growing, put your flowers in a mixture consisting of a teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water. This low concentration of bleach is effective at killing germs without killing plants. You can also add up to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the water, but this will turn the water a light brown.