I have often heard from my aunt, a professor in botany, that you should cut your flowers at a sharp angle with a knife to make them last longer. I do it every single time without fail but it still doesn't keep my flowers alive for more than 2 days. Beyond that time, they start to look dull and brown. Do you often encounter the same problem? I absolutely hate buying flowers only because once the flowers have been picked, they will die sooner in the vase than on the tree. It is as good as murdering the flowers. And, for those people who love keeping flower arrangements at home, they have to change them at least every 3 days. Especially, if someone special gifted you a beautiful bouquet, it would be disheartening to throw them away within the next 3 days because your flowers became so droopy. But I have some excellent tips that will make cut flowers last longer and few are even insider secrets that I managed to score from a few florists around town.
Ways to Make Flowers and Bouquets Last Longer
- Use warm water in the vase during summers and room temperature water during winters to keep flowers in the vase when they have been freshly bought. It helps keep the environment of the flowers stable so they stay fresh. Sudden changes can harm the beauty of your flowers and they will die out faster.
- Since aspirin can prevent your flowers from blooming further, you can add alum, vinegar or lemon juice instead to the water if you want your flowers to blossom more. You can even use a combination of these.
Did you know? Flowers like orchids, carnations, daisies, peonies, alstroemeria, zinnias and gladioli last longer in vases comparatively to others. Triumphant is another tropical flower that lasts for weeks! They are great investments if you hate changing your flowers often. However, always remember to thoroughly clean and disinfect your vase every time you replace your flower arrangements. Also, keeping your flowers away from direct sunlight will help prevent them from dehydrating quickly. The heat will increase the temperature of the water and make it unfriendly for your cut flowers. As I had mentioned earlier about snipping the stems at an angle, make sure you do it while the stems are immersed in water. Else, the air will make its way through the freshly cut edge of the stem and block the flow of water from reaching the flower. This will make your flowers die out sooner. Re-trim the ends of the stem every 2 days. These are some great ways to make cut flowers last longer. Try them and you won't have to throw away your beautiful bouquets and flower arrangements frequently.