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3 Helpful Tips On How To Keep Your Cut Flowers Fresh For Longer

When you receive a beautiful bouquet of flowers, you'll want to keep them looking gorgeous for as long as possible. Here are three top tips to help keep your flower delivery fresh and vibrant for you to enjoy.

  1. Boost hydration The first thing to do is to cut a few centimetres off each bloom's stem, using a sharp knife or scissors.  Cut the stems on a slant so that plenty of surface area is exposed, allowing for maximum water absorption. Place the flowers in cool water and put them in a cool, shady room for a couple of hours.  This 'hardens' off the blooms, enabling faster water uptake through their stems. Use a plant sprayer to give your flowers a fine misting with cool water each day to help keep them fresh.  
  2. Preservation A good way of preserving individual blooms is to give them a light spritz with hairspray. This helps to keep the petals in place and prevent them from dropping too soon. You can also perk-up your flowers by offering them a 'feed'.  Just mix a cup of lemonade (non-diet) with half a teaspoon of bleach, and a cup of water and add the mixture to your flower vase. This homemade feed works just as well as some proprietary products you can buy at the garden centre, but at a fraction of the price.  
  3. The right environment When choosing where to put your vase of cut flowers, always keep it well away from heat sources, such as TVs, computers or table lamps.  The heat will cause the flowers to become dehydrated, meaning that they will die more quickly. Although flowers do need light to thrive, don't put them in a place where they will be 'fried' by strong sunlight.  A cool, bright room is best. Never put fresh flowers next to a fruit bowl containing bananas. Bananas give off a substance called ethylene that causes other fruit and flowers to over-ripen very quickly. If you use your vases regularly, they can be prone to hosting bacteria that could kill off your fresh flowers.  Before each use, fill your vases with very hot water and a teaspoon of white vinegar. Give the inside of the vases a good scrub with a clean cloth and rinse thoroughly before introducing new flowers.

You can make your flowers last longer by following the tips given above. For more advice on keeping your fresh blooms, have a chat with your local florist.