It’s that time of year where your significant other just bought you beautiful fresh flowers for you – or you got them for yourself – so why not make them last as long as you can? Those that know me well know that I adore a fresh bouquet of flowers, so much so that I’ve been able to keep some bouquets alive and thriving for three or more weeks! How the heck did I manage to do that? Let’s just say I’ve learned my fair share of tips and tricks over the years…
- Trim your flowers daily. You don’t have to cut off a lot each day but just starting a fresh cut on them so they can absorb more nutrients.
- Cut stems at an angle. This gives them more surface area to take in water.
- Place stems directly in water after cutting them. Once the cut begins to seal the flower doesn’t soak in the water as well.
- Don’t place them in direct sunlight. Filtered light is good but direct sun for most flowers is just too much.
- Trim off excess leaves. Well, really just the leaves that end up going into the water. Those will just start to decay and make your flowers decay faster as well.
- Add apple cider vinegar and sugar to the water. Flowers need sugar as food but, sugar accelerated the growth of bacteria. You know, when the leaves and stem start to get slimy and gross? That’s where the acv comes into to play. The acid fights off the damage that the sugar creates.
Now for the sugar water, I have tried sprite before and that burst of sugar did bring my flowers some more Life initially but in the end, they didn’t last as long. You can also try vodka or, I’ve had some people tell me to crush an aspirin and mix that into the water. I like to think of it like “what would I feed myself to feel beautiful?” And honestly, Sprite and vodka don’t make me feel beautiful, Sprite makes me feel fat and vodka makes me feel drunk and then aspirin takes care of what the vodka did to me. Apple Cider Vinegar, on the other hand, I’ve been drinking in warm water with honey for a few years and it makes me feel great and is something I take to kick out sickness.
Everyone has their own variety of tips and tricks so I would love to hear what you have to say! Comment your experience with keeping up with your flower bouquets below and have an amazing Day or Love.