We all want our flowers to last longer, it’s only natural that we want to make the most of them and keep them fresh for as long as we can. We’ve put a little list together of a few of our favourite tips and tricks. Some are a little unusual, some are surprisingly common and a few take us back to basics. If you have any tips or hacks you’d like to share with us then please let us know. Head on over to our Facebook page, we’d love to hear from you. We’re also over on Instagram and Twitter! Come say hello.
Us ladies all know that hairspray is incredibly handy for keeping not only our hair in place but our make up in place too. Well, a little spritz of hair spray can also help your flowers look fresher for longer. Stand approximately a foot away from the bouquet and give them a quick spray, just on the undersides of the leaves and petals. Now we have a valid excuse to always have enough hairspray in the house.
An easy recipe for keeping your flowers fresh for longer – simply dissolve three tablespoons of sugar with two tablespoons of white vinegar with a litre of warm water. If you want two litres then double the sugar and vinegar. When you fill the vase, ensure the cut stems are covered by 3 – 4 inches of the mixture you created. The sugar nourishes the plants and the vinegar inhibits bacterial growth. This little recipe will keep your flowers fresh for a considerably longer amount of time!
It may sound crazy, but Vodka is great for keeping cut flowers looking fresh! The main factor to consider when attempting to keep flowers healthier for longer is to attempt to minimise the growth of bacteria in the water and to provide nourishment to replace what the flower would have received had it not been cut. If you add a few drops of Vodka to the water along with a teaspoon of sugar, this will help kill keep them alive longer and looking beautifully fresh. Try and change the water every other day, whilst refreshing the vodka and sugar at the same time. You’ll see a great difference in how long the flowers last!
Back to basics
Sometimes you may not have the right ingredients to try keep your flowers alive and fresh for longer. There are a few basic instructions that are always great to follow from the start. Make sure that any leaves are removed from the water along with removing any wilted flowers. Try and change the water often whilst trimming the stems at the same time. Be sure to keep the plants away from any environmental risks – ie. heat! With these basic steps your flowers should stay fresh for a healthy amount of time.
Let us know if you have any unique hacks, we’d love to know!