There is no better way to brighten up your home or office than with a vase of fresh cut flowers. It doesn't matter what season it is, or what the weather might be. When you bring a bouquet of flowers into any room, it instantly creates a more cheerful environment. Cut flower buds will continue to bloom as long as they receive proper care. With a little attention, your cut flowers will continue to flourish for days.
Things You'll Need
- Cut flowers
- Flower preservative
- Lemon juice
- Utility knife
Purchase or collect flowers that have partially open buds. If the bud is too tight, it may not continue to bloom.
Prepare a vase for your flowers by cleaning and rinsing it thoroughly. Fill the vase three-fourths of the way with warm water for most flowers, or cold water for bulb flowers.
Add necessary nutrients that will help your flowers last. The healthier they are, the better the chance of buds continuing to bloom. Use a store bought preservative for cut flowers, or make your own mixture by adding a teaspoon each of sugar and bleach with two teaspoons of lemon juice to the water.
Strip the stems of all leaves that will grow below the water line to prevent polluting the water.
Fill the sink with water. Hold the end of each stem under the water to cut off the last two inches of stem. Make the cut on the diagonal with a clean, sharp utility knife. Don't use scissors as they can crush the vessels.
Place your flowers in the vase and arrange them as you desire. Keep the flowers out of direct sunlight, cold air or breezes.
Change the water daily. If properly cared for, buds will open after cutting.
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