We all love flowers. Today I am going to show you some tips to keep your fresh flowers last longer.
1. Cut about one inch off the stem of the flowers at a slant. A freshly cut helps the stem to absorb water.
2. Cut off excess leaves. You just need to keep enough leaves to keep the flowers pretty. Excess foliage takes away nutrients from the flowers.
3. Don’t use tap water, but distilled water. Tap water contains fluoride, which is harmful to the flowers. If you have to use tap water, add a piece of Vitamin C in it. Vitamin C removes the harmful fluoride and helps the flower fresh longer.
4. To prolong the life of fresh-cut flowers, use commercial flower preservatives. The additives provides food to flowers, prohibits growth of harmful micro-organisms, and raises acidity of the water by lowering its pH to allow the flowers to take nutrients more efficiently.
5. If you don’t like the commercial flower preservatives, here is a formula you can try. But before we look at the formula, let’s understand what keeps the flowers booming. Basically the cut flowers need three things to last longer:
- Protection against micro-organisms
- Proper temperature and moisture
So here is the formula to keep your fresh-cut flowers stay longer
- Cut off excess stems and leaves
- Use distilled water
- Add three tablespoons of lemon-lime, Mt Dew, or non-diet Sprite to the water. The sugar and minerals provide food for the flowers.
- Add about one teaspoon of bleach to the water. The bleach keeps away harmful fungus and bacteria from flowers.
- Add a few ice cubes in the water. The ice keeps the the temperature cooler and helps the flowers stay fresh longer.
That’s it. If you have other tricks to last your flowers longer, share with our fellow readers in the comment area. Enjoy your days with beautiful fresh flowers.