How To Make Your Flower Bouquets Last Longer
The moment you take your fresh flower bouquets home from the store, the clock is ticking. Many people shy away from fresh floral arrangements as they’re considered to be rather short-lived. Understandably, it’s quite easy to forget that even though cut flowers are no longer in the ground, they’re still living entities that need proper care and maintenance in order to last a long time. To ensure you get plenty of viewing pleasure for your money, here are a few tips to get you started:
A bouquet of roses can soak up a lot of water and you may find that within just a day, the water in your vase is completely gone. However, in the off chance that the water hasn’t soaked up, the stems of your flowers can harbor bacterial growth. Every day or two, make sure you empty the vase and fill it up with fresh water. For large arrangements, it’s best to tip the vase slowly to the side to empty the old water.
- Your bouquet survives as the flower stems soak up the water. Unfortunately, as stems age and cells die, it gets harder for the water to reach the blooms. Every second day or whenever you change the water in your vase, trim a half an inch off of your flowers’ stems. This way, you ensure your flowers absorb the water effectively.
- Contrary to what people often believe about flower bouquets, placing them in a bright and sunny spot can cause them to mature and die faster. If you’re hoping to preserve your flowers as long as possible, place your arrangement in a cool spot out of direct sunlight.
- Never place your flower bouquet next to a ripe bowl of fruit. Though harmless to humans, fruit gives off an odorless gas called ethylene. This gas has been scientifically proven to cause flowers to drop their petals, hence forcing them to wilt and die at a rapid pace.
- Everyone likes to reuse their vases for a new bouquet, but make sure you wash your vase thoroughly with hot soapy water or place it in your dishwasher. Unfortunately, a simple rinse isn’t enough to kill the bacteria build-up present in your vase, therefore, thorough washing is required.
All bouquets will eventually die, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do more to prolong the life of your flowers. By following the simple tips highlighted above, you can rest assured your bouquet will bring you days of viewing pleasure.