A flower arrangement can brighten up any space, but a lot of them do not last very long. Even before you are ready to let them go, they start to wilt and die. The number one thing you to remember when you bring a flower arrangement home is to recut the stems and place the cut ends into water as soon as possible. Waiting to put the stems in water allows air to enter the cells of the stems, preventing water uptake. Here are some of our top tips on how you can make your fresh flowers last longer.
Add sugar and vinegar
Add a quart of warm water to a clean vase. After that, mix in 2 tablespoons of sugar into the water. The sugar will help nourish the flowers and encourage the opening of the blooms. Next, add in 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and stir the mixture. The vinegar helps inhibit the growth of bacteria and enables your flowers to stay fresh longer. If you do not have any vinegar and/or sugar, lemon-lime soda mixed with the water will do just as well.
One of the key aspects in keeping cut flowers staying fresh as long as possible is to inhibit the growth of bacteria in the water and to offer enough nourishment to replace what the flower would have received had it not been cut. A few drops of vodka (or any clear spirit) that is added to to the vase water will provide antibacterial action along with 1 teaspoon of sugar. Make sure that you also change the water every other day, and replace the vodka and sugar every time as well.
Use flower food
If you have ever thrown away the packet that usually comes with your flowers, you should probably stop doing that soon. This packet contains flower food that is essential to keeping your blooms fresh. A packet of flower food contains sugar that feeds the flowers, bleach or a similar ingredient which keeps bacteria from growing, as well as acid to lower the pH of the water so that the flowers can continue to grow.