If you are reading this, chances are that you, and just about every other mother, will be receiving flowers for Mother’s Day! Lucky you! But as you know, as beautiful as fresh cut flowers are, they do not last forever. Eventually, the flowers will start to fade and you will have to toss them out!
But that doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do! You can try some of these tips to keep your Mother’s Day flowers fresher, longer!
- If your bouquet did not come in a vase, re-cut the stems at an angle and place the flowers to a clean, sterilized vase filled with warm water and the flower food.
- Do not overcrowd the flowers in the vase, as the stems will wilt quickly and release more bacteria in the water.
- Remove any leaves below the water line, as they leaves can rot and contaminate the water.
- As the days go by, it is also a good idea to remove any wilted flowers and foliage.
- Flowers last longer in a cool location. Try to avoid bright, direct sunlight, heat sources and drafts. You might even want to place the flowers in the refrigerator at night.
- Don’t forget to change the water every couple of days and re-cut the stems. Fresh water will extend the life of your flowers!
- If you live in a dry environment, it is a good idea to mist the flowers with water every now and again.
- Many flowers, like lilies, carnations, freesia, and lisianthus are sensitive to ethylene; keep them away from ripe fruits and veggies, and cigarette smoke .
- Roses have an outer layer of “guard petals” to protect the flower during transport. If the florist hasn’t done so already, remove the guard petals so that the rose can bloom freely.
Hope these tips will help you enjoy your Mother’s Day flowers even a few days longer than average!
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