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For Fresh Flowers That Last Longer: A Step-by-Step Guide

Rose in vase

Fresh flowers bring life to a room and lift your spirits every time you pass by. However, wilted or dying flowers can have the opposite effect. Learn how to make your fresh flowers last longer with this step-by-step guide.

 

 

 

1 Choose Young Blooms

It’s always tempting to buy or pick the beautiful wide-open roses, but a wide open bloom is a bloom that’s about to wilt. Even if it is still on the plant, it will wilt after being open for a while and cutting it only accelerates that process. You have no way of knowing how long it has been open like that. It could begin to drop petals in a week or only a day. Choose blossoms that are half-open or even mostly closed. If you can’t wait for your flowers to open, choose a mixture of open and closed. That way, as some begin to wilt, others will open in their place. Remember to choose young blooms carnation for Mother’s Day

 

2 Re-House Quickly

Do not cut the flowers and then do other yard work for the next few hours as they bake in the sun. Do not go running more errands after you buy them at the store. Once the flowers are taken from their water supply, the clock is ticking. Any damage done by leaving them without water will show itself in their lifespan. The faster you get flowers into their new water and vase, the longer they will last.

 

3 Do Not Expose To Air

Everyone knows that you should re-cut store-bought flowers and put them in water, but did you know that they should be cut underwater? Even a brief exposure to air shocks the cells and starts the “repair” process, meaning the exposed ends try to close themselves off to the air. If they close off, they will not uptake water later and the flower will die. Submerge your flower stems in a bowl of water while cutting the ends, then quickly transfer the wet stems to your vase.

 

4 Cut Often And At An Angle

Trimming the stems at an angle creates a greater surface area for water uptake. Trim a little less than one inch, and trim them once every 2-3 days. This is because, despite best efforts, the cut cells on the end will close off to water within a few days. Make sure to use a sharp knife or special gardeners’ tools. The stem should never be crushed by the cutting tools, but sliced cleanly.

 

Flower in vase 5 Change Their Water

Whenever you cut the stems, take a minute and change the water. Bacteria is the number one cause of cell death and wilting in flowers. The easiest way to keep bacteria down is to keep the water fresh. Make sure your water is cool, but not freezing. Warm water is not good for flowers.

 

6 Feed Your Flowers

Special “flower food” additives will give your flowers something to eat once they are out of the ground. These are sold in powder or pellet form. Simply drop one into the vase and add more each time you change the water. Each type is different, so make sure to follow the included directions. Additionally, many people make their own flower food. Recipes to do so can be found online.

 

7 Keep Them Cool

It seems common sense, but flowers wilt in extreme heat. A window with strong afternoon sun might seem like a good idea, but your flowers can bake in it. Sun also warms the water, which is bad for uptake. Think about how much heat they are likely to receive before placing them in your front windows.

 

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