If you’ve gotten some beautiful blooms for Valentine’s you’ve most likely already put it in a vase full of water, but we’ll bet you didn’t know there are other ways to prolong your flowers’ life.
We’ve scoured the net to find some of the most interesting and helpful tips and tricks to prolonging those gorgeous cut and bouquet-ed flowers’ life. See the list below.
1. Clean the vase you’ll be using. Pour in hot water, a tablespoon of baking soda, and white vinegar to clear it of any microorganisms that may kill your flowers.
2. Cut the bottom off the stems underwater. Re-cutting allows the flower to take in more water to keep it from drying out, and doing it underwater prevents air from coming into the stem and hindering the waterflow. Tip: Cut at an angle for more water intake.
3. Just add sugar. A pinch will do just fine to help feed the blooms, but you can also use ¼ cup of soda so there’s added acid. Acids prevent the stem from callousing over so the plant can still take in water.
4. Drop two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into the water. If you don’t have soda around, two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar is enough acid to keep your flower’s stem from callousing. Another alternative is dropping crushed aspirin into the water.
5. Avoid direct sunlight. The light and heat is supposed to encourage their growth, thus speeding their death. Displaying them in cool spaces away from too much sunlight will help prolong their life.
6. Change the water every 2-3 days. Do this to avoid the bacteria build-up. Keep the water clean!
See how to arrange your flowers as the days progress here.
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