We love decorating with fresh flowers. There’s nothing like fresh cut blooms to make any home feel alive and that much more stylish. Of course, fresh flowers come with their own set of challenges if you’re not sure how to take care of them. Here’s how to make your fresh cut flowers last longer, so you can enjoy them for twice as long.
How to Make Your Fresh Cut Flowers Last Longer
Whether you’re gathering flowers from your garden or headed to the flower market, you’ll want to make sure your fresh cut flowers last as long as possible. The first thing you’ll want to do when you get your flowers home is to trim them at an angle and at least 1/4″. Be sure to also trim any leaves and excess foliage that may be dipping into the vase and in the water. You’ll want to repeat this process on a weekly basis, refreshing the water and re-cutting the stems at an angle to help your fresh cut flowers last longer.
Refresh The Water
When you take out your flowers for their weekly trim, be sure to freshen up the water as well. You can do this every 2-3 days and should do so at minimum on a weekly basis. While you’re at it, clean the vase as well with mild soapy water or a tiny bit of bleach.
Feed Your Flowers
After trimming and refreshing the water for your fresh cut flowers, add in some more flower food. If you picked up your flowers at a florist or flower market, your bunch of blooms probably came with a packet of flower food. You can purchase additional flower food online or make your own concoction by adding 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. The sugar will act as flour food while the vinegar will prevent bacteria from growing.
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Store Them Overnight
Have you ever noticed how florists keep their flowers in chilled environments? That’s because while the sunlight will help them bloom, heat can also cause flowers to wilt faster. If you have the space, consider storing your fresh cut flowers in the refrigerator overnight or find another own cool space to help make your fresh cut flowers last longer.
With a bit of help and some TLC, you can easily make your fresh cut flowers last longer. Trim and water them weekly and remember to feed them so that your beautiful blooms last as long as possible!