Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tips to extend the vase life of flowers

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, expect to have an abundance of flowers and bouquets displayed on every table and window. Indeed, girls would be so lucky to receive such a gift on this day of love and many would be giddy with pride. Assuredly as well, they would like to show appreciation for their significant other’s sweet gesture by keeping the flowers as long as possible. 

Ordinary blooms may stay fresh for three days or even up to a week. But sturdier flowers like lilies, orchids, roses, and chrysanthemums, among others,  can last up to three weeks with the help of a nurturing green thumb. 

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or not, here are a few ways to extend the vase life of fresh-cut flowers. 

1. As soon as you receive them, submerge the flowers in a vase filled with ¾ water (room temperature).  Mix the flower preservative that comes with the bouquet. If it’s not included, you can make your own solution by adding two tablespoons sugar and two tablespoons apple cider.  Another recommended solution entails mixing a few drops of soda into the water. This works because the sugar keeps the flower fresh and the colors vibrant. If you’re keeping flowers in a clear vase, Sprite or 7-up is recommended. 

Another suggested solution is to add vodka or bleach, just a few  drops, into the water. This will help prohibit the growth of bacteria. For roses, a mix of crushed aspirin in water is the tried-and-tested technique.

2. Don’t forget to trim the stems everyday and remove wilted petals to encourage re-blooming. Remove any wilted leaves that fall below the water line as well. 

3. Change the water every day and replenish with your chosen solution. Do not simply add water into the vase. Throw it out and replace with fresh water. 

4. For flowers buds and petals that are coming loose, you can preserve the arrangement by spraying a light layer of hair spray on the underside of the flower.

5. Another means to preserve and extend the life of flowers is to dry them and re-use as potpourri. Keep in a dry pan or bowl and add a few drops of your favorite fragrance oil to “freshen” up the scents. 


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