10 Tips for Making Your Blooms Last Longer
All good things must come to an end, and we know this includes beautiful blooms. We want you to be able to enjoy your blooms for as long as you possibly can, though.
There are 10 simple steps you can take to get the most out of your blooms and enjoy them for longer than you ever thought was possible!
1. Trim the Stems
Anytime you receive a fresh bouquet, make sure you cut the stems with garden shears. Cut off about one to two inches at an angle. This gives your blooms to get better water intake. Make sure you re-trim every few days to keep your blooms fresh.
2. Add Crushed Aspirin
Adding a single crushed up aspirin pill into your vase will lower the acidity levels of the water. This prevents wilting and keeps your flowers from getting a head ache. The aspirin travels through the flower quickly to keep them fresh.
3. Prune your Flowers
Pruning is removing any leaves that are below the water line on the stem of your flower. This will prevent bacterial growth on your blooms and make your bouquet look better!
You should also remove any guard petals on flowers like roses so your bloom can open up fully. Guard petals are the outermost petals of the flower. Keep checking your flowers for dead leaves every few days and remove them.
4. Use Bleach
Adding about ¼ teaspoon of bleach into your flower water is known to help keep flowers fresh. Bleach helps fight bacteria from growing and keeps the water from getting cloudy. It may seem like a peculiar addition, but replenishing your flowers with bleach every few days will keep the blooms fresh!
5. Know When to Water your Blooms
Keeping flowers watered is essential to keeping them healthy, but there is a correct way to keep them watered. Make sure you put your blooms in a clean vase and that the water you fill it with is room temperature.
Always add the packet of flower food included in your bouquet. The flower food should be well mixed into the water so your flowers can absorb the extra nutrients provided. Every two to three days, change out your water, clean your vase, and add more flower food!
6. Avoid Direct Sunlight, Fruit, Drafts, and Heat
Place your flowers in a room with cooler temperatures to keep them fresh for longer. While it may seem like a good idea to display your blooms in the sunlight, the extra heat is actually very damaging. Fruit can also diminish the lifespan of your blooms due to the gases emitted by fruits. The placement of your bouquet is very important for their lifespan!
7. Put Pennies in your Vase
Adding copper into your fresh bouquet fights bacteria growth. The copper is a natural acidifier, which allows your blooms to open up beautifully! Add a few pennies and make sure you replenish your water with new pennies regularly.
8. Put your Bouquet in the Fridge
Before bed, try putting your bouquet of flowers in the fridge to help preserve them overnight. The cold temperatures of the fridge elongate the lifespan of your blooms. Just make sure you put them in a safe spot where they won’t get crushed! Every morning you can take out your beautiful blooms to appreciate them for quite a while.
9. Add Soda into your Water
This might sound like an odd option, but adding ¼ cup of soda into your vase of flowers can help your bouquet live longer! It is said to even make the blooms smell sweeter. Your blooms will appreciate the extra sugar and will stay fresh for longer with this interesting trick.
10. Add Sugar and Apple Cider Vinegar
Mixing a pinch of sugar and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into the water before adding your flowers can keep your blooms in mint condition. Sugar is a natural flower food, and apple cider vinegar fights bacteria growth.