how to make your fresh flowers last
Oooh, fresh flowers! who doesn't love them? Either from the grocery store or a florist delivery, for yourself or from a friend.... we love getting fresh flowers as much as the rest of 'em! So today we'll share some tips on how to ensure your flowers stay fresh for as long as possible.
Below, Cathy added quince to her vases for a long-lasting fresh look. These quince will continue to bloom for several weeks, or even a month. Quince, not to be confused with cherry blossoms, come in several colors and is one of the first shrubs to bloom each spring. Can't wait for spring to get here? Try quince!
TIP #1: DIRTY PENNIES IN THE WATER
Yep, it's true. Grab your coin-purse, dig out a few tarnished, yucky-looking pennies, and put them at the bottom of your vase or container. The copper prevents bacteria from growing in the water, which keeps the blooms fresh. We've been using this trick for years and it really works!
The yellow roses pictured right were a gift from a sweet friend, and with a little TLC and a few pennies in the water, they lasted over two weeks at Cathy's house.
TIP #2: ADD SOME SPRITE
A splash of soda like sprite or 7UP is also a good idea. Add some to your water - apparently, flowers like sugar, too. This is easy home-made, one-step flower food!
TIP #3: KEEP OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT
Florists use coolers for a reason - flowers thrive in a cool climate. In fact, we've even been known to put fresh tulips in the fridge for a few minutes each day to keep 'em looking fresh.
TIP #4: CUT STEMS AT AN ANGLE
When you trim the stems on your blooms, cut at an angle. It lets them get as much fresh water as possible.
TIP #5: NO LEAVES IN THE WATER
Just like pennies keep the water bacteria-free, keeping leaves out of the water has the same affect. Leaves start to rot in the water and we've heard this can contaminate the flowers - think, faster wilting.
Also, if your flowers come with a food packet, don't throw it away. Take ten seconds and pour the packet in your flower's water. They'll thank you by living longer!