If you're one of the many people who don't buy fresh flowers because you're worried they'll drop dead in a few days, then you may be interested to know that they do need a bit of TLC and with some should last you much more than a week!
I'm surprised at the amount of people I meet who say they can't keep flowers alive, and when I give them a few pointers their reaction is usually 'wow I never knew I had to do that!'
Hopefully these few tips help you to get the most out of your beautiful fresh cut flowers.
- Start with a squeaky clean vase. When I say squeaky clean, I mean scrub that thing with a few drops of bleach in cold water til it sparkles! The bleach will kill any bacteria remaining in the vase.
- Use fresh, cold tap water.
- Trim about 1-2cm off the base of the stems with SHARP scissors or a knife. Cutting on an angle will help the flowers drink more efficiently.
- Keep your vase away from a window that receives direct sun, airconditioners and heaters. They are a living thing and do not like rapid temperature changes.
- Change the vase water every second day. If you're likely to forget to do this, a drop or two of bleach in the vase water will keep bacteria at bay temporarily, but it is important to do it at least once a week.
- Do NOT put sugar in the water! Sugar will only help the flowers open faster, therefore shortening their lifespan. This is handy if you have very tight buds and need them open for a special event, but isn't recommended (despite all those people who tell you it's the best!)
- Remove any foliage on the stems that will be sitting below the water level. The bacteria that turns vase water thick & stinky loooves foliage, and if it's sitting underwater it creates the perfect breeding ground for those little nasties.