Everyone likes to make that lovely bunch of flowers that they picked fresh from the garden last longer, and we have a few little tricks on how to do this with simple ingredients from your kitchen pantry. Using our little recipe below and a couple of our tips you will help those flowers to retain their freshness and bloom more vibrantly for a few days longer.
The first step to making your flowers stay fresh longer is by following a few flower care guidelines. Use the tips below to extend the life of your blooms from the start.
Cut the Stems One thing you should do before putting flowers into water is cutting their stems. Use garden secateurs or snips to trim around about 3-4cm off and be sure to cut the stems at an angle. By cutting the stems at an angle allows for better water intake and will avoid them sitting flat on the bottom of a vase. After the initial cut, be sure to re-trim your flowers every couple of days when you change the water.
Prune Be sure to remove any leaves that will sit below the water line. By doing this it will not only make your flowers look better, but also prevent bacterial growth. After your initial removal of leaves, you should check your flowers daily for dead or loose leaves and petals and remove these to keep your water clean and clear and improve the health of your flowers.
Floral Preserver Recipe
2 Tablespoons of white vinegar and 2 Tablespoons of sugar and half a teaspoon of bleach with the vase water before adding your flowers. The trick is to change the water and add the same ingredients again to help with your flowers longevity - make sure that you do not have foliage below the waterline as this sours the water very quickly. The vinegar help with keeping bacteria at bay, the sugar feeds the flowers and the bleach will keep the water from going cloudy.