Your cut flower arrangement or bouquet usually comes with a packet of "flower food" to keep your flowers fresh. How do you use it? Is there anything else you can do to extend the life of your arrangement? Read on for some tips and tricks.
Things You'll Need
- cut flowers
- a clean vase
- scissors or a knife
- lukewarm water
- household bleach
- a refrigerator or cool space
- 7up or Sprite (optional)
- Vodka (optional)
- Aspirin (optional)
Start with a clean vase. Flowers wilt and rot because of bacteria in the water. Start off on the right foot by placing your flowers and water in a clean and thus bacteria-free container.
Fill your container with fresh, lukewarm water. Cold water will be a shock to your flowers and they may not react well. Add a few drops of bleach or vodka to your water to prevent bacteria growth. Finally, add a spoonful of commercial flower food, crushed aspirin or just plain sugar. The aspirin, sugar or food will feed your blooms.
Remove any leaves that fall below the water level in your container. Again, the leaves will rot and add bacteria to the water.
Arrange your cut flowers in their container. Place your container away from direct sunlight and any sources of heat (heat will prematurely wilt your flowers). Ideally, you should put your flowers in front of a mirror. This will make the arrangement appear more full.
Refrigerate your flowers in the evening, but not at too cold of a temperature (don't put them in the freezer). If your fridge doesn't have room, move them to a cool location. Proper refrigeration is essential for maintaining your cut flowers' beauty.
Trim the bottoms of your flower stems regularly. The bottoms of the stems have a tendency to reseal themselves and restrict their water flow. Keep the stems open on the bottom to make sure your flowers get plenty of water. Crush the bottoms of woody stems (such as roses) and cut bulb-grown stems (like daffodils) on an angle.
Change the water in your container or vase regularly. Whenever changing the water, remember to clean your vase (in case any bacteria has begun appearing), add a few drops of bleach or vodka to prevent bacteria growth, as well as a spoonful of sugar, crushed aspirin or commercial flower food.