A bouquet of bright flowers brings cheer to one's face leaving a lasting impression and also brightens up the room even after it begins to wilt.
Whether you received an anniversary, a matriculation or graduation bouquet or picked out of a beautiful bunch for the coffee table, you’ll undoubtedly want to enjoy your bouquet for as long as possible.
Sadly, flowers do not last forever. But if taken proper care of, it can last longer. As recommended by an online florist in KL, you can follow the tips and steps below to make your flowers last longer.
1. Cut the Stems
Forgetting to cut the stems is a common mistake people often make after receiving flower gifts. Use a garden shear to cut between one to two inches off at an angle.
Cutting the stems at an angle allows a better intake of water. Always remember to re-trim your bouquets in-between days.
Take out the leaves from the waterline. It will prevent bacterial growth and make your bouquet look better. Removing the prunes allows the flower to open up fully.
Also, to avoid bacteria rot, dead or loose petals should be removed daily.
3. Water Wisely
Your flowers won't last long if it is not watered wisely, especially after their stems have been cut. First, you pick up a clean vase, fill the vase with room temperature water, and add a packet of flower food.
Ensure that the packet has been mixed properly, and the water is neither too concentrated nor diluted. Your vase should always be clean, and the water and flower food should be replaced every two to three days.
4. Avoid Direct Sunlight, Heat, Drafts, and Fruit
Avoid displaying flowers directly to sunlight or near heat-generating appliances. Flowers will only last longer in a room when the temperature is cool.
Also, your bouquets shouldn't be exposed to areas like open windows, ceiling fans, and heating or cooling vents as they all cause dehydration and also shouldn't be displayed near fruits.
Ripening fruits release a tiny amount of ethylene gas, which can reduce the life span of your flowers.
Tulips grow a few inches after they have been cut off and will continue to grow towards the closest source of light.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar and Sugar
Before putting your flowers into the vase, mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons of sugar into the vase. The vinegar acts as an antibacterial agent, while the sugar acts as additional flower food.
Crush 1 aspirin into your vase of fresh flowers. Aspirin lowers the pH level of the water, therefore, allowing it to travel through the flower faster to prevent wilting.
Add a copper penny to your fresh bouquet. The copper acts as an acidifier and fights the bacteria growth in your arrangement.
8. Flower Food
Adding flower food to your vase of fresh flowers is a correct way to keep your blooms fresh for a more extended period.
Put your bouquet in the fridge every night (typically 8 hours per night) before going to bed as flowers are said to last longer in cooler temperatures. Lower temperature helps slow the ageing.
Pour a one-quarter cup of soda in your vase full of fresh flowers. The sugar in soda makes your blooms last longer and smell sweeter too.
The above tips will ensure the longevity of your bouquets, and you should try it out someday!