Receiving flowers on a special occasion, or just like that is one of the most beautiful moments of life. Almost everyone loves to receive a fresh bloom that adds colors to our day and to our home decor too. A bouquet of aesthetically arranged fragrant flowers can brighten up any dull and boring space. But it’s not before long that they start to wither and die if not properly taken care of. To bring more meaning to this special present and to honor the emotions of the one who thought of sending flora, we share a few easy tips to keep them fresh for days in your fine-looking vases.
- First and foremost thing to be taken care of is that you must wash the vase thoroughly. Rinse away all the soap with warm water, and then dry it with a clean cloth to ensure that no chemical particles are left within.
- Fill the vase with fresh water and add two table-spoons of sugar to it. Sugar helps to nourish the flowers and it also promotes the opening up of the blooms in later days.
- ·Cut the flower stems at the bottom, at an angle of 45 degrees. Immerse all the stems in the water; make sure that a minimum of 3 to 4 inches of the stem is dipped in water.
- ·To keep the flowers stay for long, prevention of bacterial growth is necessary. There are various ways to prevent the growth of bacteria in the vase water. You can add two table-spoons of vinegar or a crushed aspirin (drug taken for aches) or a copper penny to the water. Each of these ingredients acts as antibacterial agent and restricts the unwanted growth. This keeps the water suitable for flowers.
- Keep changing the water in the vase everyday till the flowers are alive. Make sure to clean the vase thoroughly each time and replenish the sugar and vinegar to keep the nourishment intact.
- Every time you replace the water, the bottom of the stem should be given a fresh cut too, at an angle of 45 degree only. Hold your stems under water while doing this. Do not bring them out to cut them. You can use a small but sharp scissor to accomplish that.
- Another way to nourish the flowers and keep them fresh for long is to pour about a cup of sweetened drinking soda in the water. Keep it a clear soda like sprite or 7up so that the water remains clean and colorless.
- ·Make sure you remove any dying flowers from the bouquet and all the lower leaves submerged in the water. This will enhance their longevity.
- Keep your vase away from electric appliances like televisions and computers, which give off heat and can cause flowers to dehydrate. Flowers should also be displayed in draft-free areas (not to be kept under ceiling fans or near any other source of artificial air).
- You must avoid keeping the flowers in direct contact with sunlight which causes them to die quickly.
- · Your bouquet should be displayed away from any other floral arrangements, fruits and natural plants as they omit harmful gasses like ethylene etc that causes premature withering. There should be ample distance between two vases of fresh flowers.
Apply these easy methods and relish the heart-warming beautiful sight and fragrance of floral arrangements for days together.