June 8, 2017 Kim Cox

Make Your Cut Flowers Last Twice As Long!

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Longer Lasting Cut Flowers

You received a beautiful flower delivery.  Your happiness is tempered by the thought that they wont last.  You love flowers, but you hate that they die so quickly. What if I told you I could help you make your flowers last twice as long?

Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.  

-Luther Burbank

Whether you received an exquisitely arranged bouquet, picked up some beautiful blooms at the grocery store, or plucked some perfectly mature flowers from your yard,  your life is made more pleasurable with fresh flowers.  Unfortunately, fresh flowers are a temporary pleasure.   They are separated from their food source, so their death is inevitable, but we can certainly slow the process and allow you to enjoy them longer. Here are just a few tips:

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1.  If you are buying a bouquet in the grocery store, keep the stems moist on the way home.  Before you head out to the store, wet a napkin and put it in a ziplock.  After you purchase your flowers, wrap the stems in the wet napkin and place them in the ziplock.  This is especially important if you are not going straight home.

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2.  Use that packet of flower food. Don’t throw it away, use it!

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3.  Cut the stems. When you get your flowers home, use cutting shears to cut the stems under running water 1-1/2 inch from the bottom. This fresh cut will allow the flowers to take in more water.

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4.  Change the water. Don’t let the water become cloudy or discolored. Discoloration is a sign that bacteria is growing, which will hasten the demise of your flowers.   Change it every other day and keep things fresh.

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5.  Remove submerged leaves. Any leaves below the water line will disintegrate and develop bacteria and mold. This will spread to your flowers, quickening their death.

6.  Keep them cool and out of sunlight. Did you ever notice that florists keep their flowers in the cooler?  Well, you don’t need to put your flowers in the frig, but you do need to keep them away from sources of heat in your home. Sunlight will also make them die faster.

7.  Kill the bacteria. The best way to preserve flowers is to retard the growth of deadly bacteria. There are several things you can put in the water to thwart its growth:

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Aspirin
Vodka
Pennies
Lemonade
1 tsp sugar and any acidic – bleach, vinegar, etc.

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These tips will help you enjoy your flowers longer.  Now you can buy those flowers with confidence, knowing they will last longer.

After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world. 

-Christian Dior

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For more flower tips, check out these posts!

How To Make Stunning Bouquets From Grocery Store Flowers

Do You’ve Smell That? Aromatherapy For Your Home. 

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