By: Kimberly Elise
Here are some tips to make your freshly cut bouquet of flowers bloom for days and sometimes even weeks and weeks.
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- Grab a vase and clean it with dish washing liquid. Remove all the soap thoroughly and dry it. I like to get creative with my vases and use old wine bottles or interesting glass shapes.Need some inspiration? Check out these vases we love for spring.
- Add a drop of bleach to the vase. Bleach kills the bacteria that diminish the flowers’ blooms. I like to leave bleach in water with the flowers for just a few hours.
- Use plant food mixed with cold water. Hopefully your bouquet came with food. Mix it with cold water, or as directed. When there’s no packet or I’ve run out, I use a Miracle Gro formula, designed for Fresh Cut Flowers. Change the water every 24-36 hours.Got a green thumb and a palate for fresh flavors? Grow these 6 herbs in your kitchen for both lovely foliage and delicious food.
- Remove dying leaves and petals consistently, so that they don’t disturb the other thriving petals with their decomposing chemicals.
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Below are more tips to keep your bouquet of cut flowers fresher for longer.
- Choose freshly-cut flowers. I like to get them in the morning while I’m running weekend errands.
- Cut off an inch of the stem before putting it in the vase. I think the florist cuts the stems best, but if it isn’t a freshly-cut, quality flower, then I snip off the end.
- Cut the stem at a diagonal – a 45-degree angle, to be precise. This exposes more surface area of the stem to the water so your bouquet can drink up even more.
- Cut your stems underwater. This helps prevent the flowers from taking in air bubbles, which may later pose a challenge for the flowers to continue to take in water.
- Don’t let any of the foliage to dip into the water because it can add to the bacteria.
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Do you have any tips to help extend the life of your bouquet? We’d love to know! Share with us in the comments below.