We all love flowers when they bloom. However the one thing that is inevitable for flowers is that some flowers just don’t last long. The colour fades, they dry out and they die. Want them to last longer – to see them bloom vibrantly and stay fresh for a few more days? Now try one of these tips that use simple household ingredients to make your Valentine’s Day roses, graduation bouquet or first date arrangement last longer.
1. Soda
Don’t throw away those last drops of soda! Pour about 1/4 cup into the water in a vase full of cut flowers. The sugar in the soda will make the blossoms last longer.
Protip: If you have a clear vase and want the water to remain clear, use a clear soda, such as Sprite or 7-Up.
2. Hair Spray
After all hair spray does not only preserve your hair, but also your flowers! A spritz of hair spray can help your cut flowers look fresh for a longer period. Keep a foot away from the bouquet and give them a quick spray, just on the undersides of the leaves and petals, just like how you do it every morning with your hair.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
By now you should have heard 10 good things about Apple Cider Vinegar. Here’s your 11th good thing – to keep cut flowers around as long as possible. All you have to do is to mix 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar with the vase water before adding the flowers.
Protip: Be sure to change the water (with more vinegar and sugar, of course) every few days to enhance your flowers’ longevity.
4. Vodka
The secret to keeping cut flowers looking good as long as possible is to minimize the growth of bacteria in the water and to provide nourishment to replace what the flower would have gotten had it not been cut. Add a few drops of vodka (or any clear spirit) to the vase water for antibacterial action along with 1 teaspoon sugar. Change the water every other day, refreshing the vodka and sugar each time. Guess not only do humans get drunk, flowers do too.
5. Aspirin
You might be asking Aspirin? Yes in fact it’s a tried-and-true way to keep roses and other cut flowers fresh longer. Simply put a crushed aspirin in the water before adding your flowers. Oh don’t forget to change the vase water every few days.
6. Bleach
Freshly cut flowers will last longer if you add 1/4 teaspoon bleach per litre of vase water. Or 3 drops bleach and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1L of water. This way the water will avoid getting cloudy and can inhibit the growth of bacteria therefore make flowers grow longer.
7. Coins
We all have coins where we almost never have a chance to use. Now simply add a copper penny and a cube of sugar to the vase water. The copper in the coins would act like an acidifier, preventing the growth of bacteria.
8. Sugar
We get sugar high, now we know flowers do too. Make your own preservative by dissolving 3 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons white vinegar per litre of warm water. When you fill the vase, make sure the cut stems are covered by 3-4 inches (7-10 centimeters) of the prepared water. The sugar nourishes the plants, while the vinegar inhibits bacterial growth. You’ll be surprised how long the arrangement stays fresh.
There might only be one first-date, one 18th birthday, one 50th anniversary in your life. We all know how you will want to keep that very special – possible your most favourite – roses and hydrangea bouquet vibrant as long as possible. So come back [next time] to M FLORIST for ways to preserve Roses and Hydrangea specifically! We are the professionals for you.