Lifestyle & Design

Tips for Extending the Life of Fresh Flowers

posted by D.R. Horton February 15, 2016 0 comments

If you were one of the lucky recipients of Valentine’s Day flowers, you’re probably wanting to get the most enjoyment out of them as you can. At D.R. Horton, we know homes are a long-term investment, so we understand trying to find ways to get more bang for your buck on the short-term purchases.

Here are some helpful tips for extending the life of your flowers so you can enjoy their beauty for as long as possible.

Remove Wilted Petals

For flowers that aren’t already in an arrangement, inspect the flowers by removing any wilted petals. Remove greenery that will be submerged in water in the vase (this also helps to keep the water more clear).

Trim Greenery and Stems

Next, it’s time to trim the ends of each stem. Cut off 1-2 [inches] of the stems, under running water or in a bowl of water, at a 45 degree angle. Doing this underwater will help prevent extra air from going into the stems. It’s a good idea to trim a bit from the stems each day or every other day to help the flowers receive a steady flow of nutrients and water. This is according to Design Mom.

An extra tip? According to some florists, scissors can damage the stems so a sharp knife or garden sheers for thicker stems is recommended when you’re trimming your flowers.

Use a Clean Vase

Always start with a freshly cleaned vase that has been washed in hot, soapy water and rinsed well.

 Replace Water Every Other Day

Since the trick to keeping flowers alive longer is changing the water every other day or so, you’ll want to be sure you stock up on extra flower food – many florists and floral departments in grocery stores will provide you with extra flower food if you ask.

Replenish Vase Solutions Frequently

There are several other tricks florists have up their sleeve in place of commercial flower food, including adding a quarter teaspoon of bleach per quart of water to the arrangement. Others insist on mixing two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with two tablespoons sugar and adding to your vase of water before adding the flowers.

See other interesting tricks from Reader’s Digest, including using lemon-lime soda!

Mist with Water

A daily mist of clean water is a helpful bonus for most types of blooms.

Keep Flowers in a Cooler Place Overnight

It’s also a good idea to move your flowers to a cooler spot in your home overnight and remember to try to refrain from displaying them near hot areas, including direct sunlight, fireplaces and by heating vents.

What other tips do you use to keep your flower arrangements alive? Share with us below! 

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