Flowers are a living thing, and there are several things you can do to make sure that they blossom and live as long as they can.
It is always an exciting moment when you receive a bouquet of beautiful flowers. But the disappointment starts when they start decaying just a day or two later. Ideally, you would want them to last at least a week before you decide that they don’t fancy you.
So, here are a couple of things that you can do to achieve that.
Keeping Fresh Water in the Vase
This is such a simple, yet very important thing that most people forget. Flowers need water as much as us, humans do. And just by making sure that there is clean and fresh water in the vase, you will extend the lives of these flowers.
Ideally, you would want to change the water in the vase every day. But if you are a busy person, you can change the water every other day and you’d still extend the life of those flowers.
One thing you should make note of, is that you should completely get rid of the old water and replace it with new water. You shouldn’t just add new water into the old water. That will defeat the whole purpose of it.
In addition to changing the water, you can also take out the entire bouquet out of the vase, and cut about ¼ of an inch from the end of each stems. This will allow the flowers to easily draw in water. This is best to do when you are changing the water.
So the entire routine would be perfect if you are changing the water every other day.
Avoid Exposing Them to Too Much Heat
If you live in a hot area, like California or Arizona, you want to make sure that the flowers are inside and they are not exposed to too much heat because too much heat will cause the flowers to wilt. This is one of the main reasons why you see that florists have large coolers where they keep flowers and cuttings.
Ideally, you should keep them in a place where there is air-conditioning on at all times. If that is not possible, the second best thing would be to keep them as far away from radiators, stoves, sunny windows, etc. as possible.
You can also go extreme and keep them in the refrigerator if you want. But then you would have to change the temperature in the fridge because usually, these temperatures are too low for flowers.
Remove Dying Leaves and Drooping Flowers
This is more of an aesthetic tip than an extending the life tip. But if you’re trying to increase the life-span of the flowers, I’m assuming that you want them to look as good as possible.
So if there are any dying leaves or drooping flowers, you should cut them off. And move the remaining flowers and leaves into a smaller vase.