Chances are you have given or received fresh flowers recently because, let’s face it: YOU ARE AMAZING, WONDERFUL, and talented! There’s no denying that. Here are some ways you can make your flowers last longer by simply using some common household items you probably already have.
3 WAYS TO KEEP FLOWERS AROUND:
1. KILL THE BACTERIA AND FUNGI – where there is water, there is the potential for all kinds of bacteria to form. Just a cap full of bleach or vodka will do the trick. (No judgement if vodka is a staple in your house. :)) Bleach will also help the buds to open more quickly. If you don’t have any bleach or vodka and don’t want to go the chemical route, change out the water and cut the stems at an angle daily. Cutting stems at an angle allows for more surface area for water absorption.
2. ADD SUGAR, SUGAR DA NA NA NA NA NA– whether it’s soda that has lost all carbonation, or a tsp of sugar, it’s good for your arrangement. Once flowers are cut, they are no longer undergoing photosynthesis. During photosynthesis, plants react with sunlight to create sucrose. Sugar acts as a sucrose substitute since the plant can no longer make it on its own. Most floral preservatives have some sugar in them. Roses and snapdragon benefit the most from the sugar, but all will have a longer lifespan when given sugar.
3. PROVIDE AN ACID- whether it’s an aspirin, 3 pennies, or 2 tbsp vinegar, adding an acid will replicate the levels of acidity the flowers once had when in soil enabling it to better absorb nutrients and water.
Do these things and you will have your beautiful blooms around a long time! What things do you use to keep flowers alive?