One of my favorite ways to decorate my home is with fresh flowers. Simple, beautiful and inexpensive (if you purchase blooms that are in season). Having little floral arrangements through out my space brightens up my mood. I’m always asked how I keep them pretty and for so long. I’m not going to lie, I used to think that flowers were a waste until I learned how to choose the perfect flowers, along with giving them proper care.
Duke inspecting fresh peonies.
I used to toss my flowers in a vase, maybe add flower food and call it a day.
Choosing the right flowers
Roses, Lilies, Buttercups and Tulips seem to last long inside homes. It’s best to pick the ones that are still in bud or about to open.
Never go for the ones that are completely open or closed.
Before you trim the leaves and stems, place the flowers in a bucket of cold water for about an hour.
Cut stems at an angle.
I found that adding a couple teaspoons of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) powder to warm water seemed to make my arrangements last longer. Sometimes I go into deep thought. I’m always telling you guys my love for Vitamin C, whether it’s for skin, health or hangover cures. It’s such a miracle antioxidant that I wondered if the powder that I add to my water would have a positive effect on flowers. Google confirmed it did, so I started adding it my vases. The rest is history.
This recipe is also great: 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon liquid bleach, and 2 teaspoons lemon or lime juice mixed in 2 quarts of lukewarm water.
Change the water every two days, add the solutions above.
Did you know one of the fastest ways to make flowers wilt is placing them near fruit? Especially apples. The fruit releases ethylene gas… #science.
Also, never keep your beautiful blooms in direct sunlight.
These tips prolong my flower life to about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 weeks .
How do you make your flowers last longer?