How to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh at Home
How do you keep them fresh when you cut your flowers, whether from the florist, or market, or as a gift? Many people will plunk a penny into a water container with flowers in it. That does not simply work. We will show you what works and how you can keep your flowers fresh for longer at home.
Cut the Stem
A vascular system in the stems of flowers pulls water and nutrients for the blooms. Air can get into the stems if you don’t cut them. This can make it hard for the water to get in. Use very sharp scissors or pruning shears, and cut at least one-half inch off the bottom of the stems to make sure you’re cutting away any air bubbles that might be there. It’s a good idea to do this if your flowers come in a box or are tied with a rubber band.
Place Them in Water Quickly
Speed things up by cutting the stems under the water to keep air from getting into the stems. It’s also fine to put the flowers in a vase of water right away after you cut them. Put your bouquet together first. Then cut the stems and put them in a bowl of water.
Watch the Water Temperature
Don’t place flowers in hot water. Blooms from bulbs like anemones, daffodils, and tulips, survive if the water is below room temperature because they are winter flowers. Generally, the water should be at room temperature.
Remove Excess Foliage
If there are dead plants or extra leaves and flowers touching the water, remove them entirely from the water or the flower. Otherwise, they will rot quickly and spread bacteria that will make the flowers die off.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but when they are not in the soil, flowers should be kept in cool environments at all times, away from heating ducts and vents.
Change the Water
Change the water every three days and wash out the vase. That will flush out bacteria. You should also trim another half-inch off the stems while changing the water.
Use Flower Food
If your flowers come with “flower food,” you should feed them. Most flower food has sugar to help the flowers grow, acid to keep the water’s pH level stable, and a little bleach to get rid of bacteria and fungi in the vase water. All three help to keep the flowers alive for a longer time.
These tips will help you keep your flowers fresh for longer. Keep your floral decorations up as long as you want.
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