Nothing says “I love you” or “Congratulations” better than a fresh bouquet of hand-picked floral arrangements. Flowers of all shapes and sizes can be delivered to your loved ones as a big way to express your love for them.
The joy of receiving a fresh bouquet of flowers never gets old. Everyone loves to be greeted by a surprise flower delivery! But the best part about getting flowers is keeping them on your table or in your home as a way to brighten up the room. It would be great if these flowers could last as long as possible, right?
What are some of the best ways to keep your cut flowers fresh and flourishing for as long as possible? It would be sad if you had to throw them away a few days after receiving them. Here are some ways that you can hold on to your beautiful bouquet for as long as you possibly can!
The Sugar Secret
Did you know that adding a little bit of sugar can extend the lifespan of your flowers? It’s true! All you need is some sugar and a little bit of apple cider vinegar. Here’s what to do:
- Fill your desired flower vase up with water.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of sugar with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
- Add this mixed solution to the water in the vase.
- Repeat this process every few days to extend the longevity of your bouquet!
Sugar and apple cider vinegar provides plenty of electrolytes and essential nutrients that plants can use to keep their stems strong and their petals healthy. Here are some more ways to use apple cider vinegar around the home.
Give Your Flowers Some Fridge Time
Leaving your bouquet out in the open all day can significantly reduce its health. The best way to keep your flowers looking gorgeous it to put them in the fridge overnight. Yes, seriously! You wouldn’t leave fresh produce out on the kitchen counter overnight, would you? You’d rather keep it crisp and fresh in the fridge. Apply this same thought process to your flower bouquet, and your plants and all of their pretty petals will thank you!
Drop a Penny for Luck
Do you like to drop pennies in a fountain and make a wish for good luck? Now you can do it at home with your very own flower vase! Adding a penny or a coin to the vase of water can protect the plants against a buildup of harmful bacteria. It adds just enough acidity to the water to protect your cut flowers from invaders, but not enough acidity that it hurts the flowers themselves.
Don’t Put Them Directly in the Sun
Everybody knows that flowers love being in the sunlight. In fact, sunlight is needed so plants can absorb chlorophyll and produce the energy used to grow strong and beautiful. And while your indoor flower bouquet should still have a chance to see the sun, it shouldn’t be placed directly in the sunlight.
Since the plants aren’t actually growing anymore, they don’t need as much sun as you may think. Your flowers are now much more sensitive to temperature than they were when they were in the ground, so a little bit of heat can be really damaging. Keep them in a chilled location for extra longevity!
Don’t Forget to Maintain Your Flowers
Your bouquet requires constant maintenance to stay pretty and alive for as long as possible. Use the tips listed above to keep your flowers healthy while they spend their days in your home. Trim the stems every couple of days and get rid of any dead pieces. The more you care for them, the more they’ll shine for you!