The sad but true truth is that once flowers are cut they are in the process of dying. While you can't bring them back to life, there are several things you can do to preserve your beautiful flowers.
Check out these five tips to keeping your flowers fresh for as long as possible.
1. Use Flower Food
Flower food packets will almost always come with flower arrangements you purchase from your local florist. "A floral preservative is a complex mixture of sucrose (sugar); acidifier, an inhibitor of microorganisms; and a respiratory inhibitor. Sucrose serves as a source of energy to make up for the loss of the functioning leaves and insures continued development and longevity of the flower."
2. Keep the Flowers Away From Direct Sunlight
Many people make the mistake of placing their beautiful flower arrangement by a window in direct sunlight. Cut flowers actually last longer when they are cool. Avoid placing your flowers near a television, a heating duct, the stove or anywhere that stays warm.
3. Change the Water Daily
It is best to change the water daily. Changing the water eliminates mold, debris and bacteria. Refill your vase with farm fresh water. Also remove any fallen leaves from the water. They will harm the flowers as they decompose.
4. Don't Put Your Flowers by Fruit
Plants and fruit give off gases that will cause your beautiful flowers to wilt.
5. Trim the Stems
Cut the ends of the stems daily to help your flowers drink up as much water as possible. Use sharp scissors and cut at an angle rather than straight across. It is also best to cut the stems underneath running water.
Do these five tips to keep your flowers looking fresh and beautiful!
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