Gorgeous bouquet? Picked pretty blooms from your garden? Keep them looking lovely for over a week. Here are four tips for how to keep cut flowers fresh.
Give Them Some Pop
- If your cut flowers are looking a little wilted in their vase but you aren’t quite ready to toss them out, try giving them some life by adding a carbonated lemon-lime soda to their vase. Just don’t grab the sugar free version- they like it sweet!
Pour in the Vinegar
- If your flowers are looking a bit thirsty, you can also try giving them this vinegar mix: 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1 quart water.
Touch Up Their Roots
- To keep your blooms around a bit longer, add 2 drops household bleach, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1 quart water.
Sear Them, But Don’t Eat Them
- If you have a gorgeous arrangement of flowers such as poppies, dahlias, or orchids you can sear their stems before putting them into the vase. Why? Well these type of flowers have hollow stems that secret a milky-types substance when cut. Searing the end of their stems will keep them perky a bit longer. Simply hold their ends to a flame for a quick sear and then place them in a vase with warm (not cold) water.
What works for you? I’d love to hear your secrets!
Looking for the flowers in the picture above? They were from a romantic bridal shower I hosted. See it here.