When we buy some lovely fresh cut flowers, it can be a challenge keeping them alive. There are a few techniques you can use to keep fresh cut flowers alive for longer. Have you used any of these tips from Handy Flowers? Do you they work for you? Let us know!
Use Fizzy Juice
This may seem like a bizarre thing to do! Many people think that fizzy drinks will kill the flowers there and then. But this is not the case. If you pour around a quarter of a cup of fizzy drink into your water in a vase, it is thought that the sugar in the fizzy drink will make the blossoms last for a lot longer than they normally would without. For those of you with a clear glass vase, it could be a good idea to use a clear fizzy drink, such as Sprite or Lemonade. Oh, and make sure the fizzy drink is not a diet version. We need the sugar!
Hairspray certainly has more uses than just preservng your hairstyle. It can in fact help make fresh cut flowers stay alive for linger. To use hair spray for this purpose, all you need to do is to stand around a foot away from your flowers, and spray from there for a few seconds. For best effect, we would recommend that you spray the undersides of the leaves and petals of the flower.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Maybe not something that will be in everyone’s kitchen cupboards, but if you go out and buy some Apple Cider Vinegar, it is thought to help keep flowers alive for longer. To make use of this, simply mix two tablespoons of the apple cider vinegar with a further two tablespoons of sugar. Place this mixture along with the water in your vase, and then you can proceed to add the flowers. Also, if you prepare a fresh mixture of the vinegar with the sugar and water every two days, this will maximize the longevity of the flowers.
You may be wondering…bleach!?
Fear not, because it is proven that freshly cut flowers will last longer if you add a quarter of teaspoonful of bleach per litre of water in your vase. Others tend to opt for three drops of bleach, along with one teaspoon of sugar per litre of water. By using bleach with your flowers, you will be less likely to get cloudy vase water and it will halt the growth of bacteria.
What tips do you use? Tell us your secrets for floral success!