Extending the Life of Cut Flowers
As you’ve probably noticed, we can’t say enough good things about plants. Patio gardens, house plants, and vegetables or herbs are all A+ in our book. Though less permanent, cut flowers are just as amazing!
Few decorations are as beautiful as simple, bright flowers in a vase. They instantly add colour to any room. That is, until they start to wilt… So how do you make cut flowers last as long as possible? Here are some ideas:
- Cut the bottom of the stems before you put the flowers in the vase. Cutting the stem diagonally is best as this will enable the flower to draw in more water.
- Add a fertilizer to the water. Most of the time, flower shops will include small pouch of fertilizer with your bouquet. Make sure to follow directions carefully so you don’t use too much!
- Choose the right sized vase. If your vase is not tall enough, a lot of strain can be placed on the stems. This strain, in turn, causes your plants to die sooner.
- After a few days, re-snip the stems. While it won’t work miracles, this will give you an extra day or two with these bright decorations.
- Put them in the fridge overnight. Placing your flowers (in water) in the fridge will extend their lifespan. Flowers last longer this way: that’s why florists cut them in cool rooms.
- Watch the water level. It’s important to keep your water level topped off. Older cut flowers will die quickly when starved of water — even for just a couple of hours!