THE May it is the month of flowers and vegetation.
Everywhere you look you see gardens in full bloom, wildflowers even in the most remote places and of course beautiful flowers in nurseries and flower shops. The variety is such that you don’t know which one to choose first.
Yesterday, in addition to the May wreath, you would have collected or bought a bouquet of flowers for your home.
To extend the life of the flowers in the vase there are some simple ways to achieve this.
Let’s look at some of them:
Apple cider vinegar and sugar
Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of water in a vase with the flowers. The apple cider vinegar acts as an antibacterial agent while the sugar acts as additional food for the flowers.
Pour a crushed aspirin into the vase of fresh flowers. Aspirin is said to lower the pH level of the water allowing it to travel through the flower more quickly, preventing wilting.
Bleach prevents the water in the jar from becoming cloudy and helps fight bacteria. So add a ¼ teaspoon of bleach to help your flowers last longer.
Put the bouquet of flowers in the refrigerator every night (for about 8 hours) and you will find that the bouquet will stay fresh for at least 10 days.
Pour ¼ cup of baking soda into the flower vase. The sugar it contains helps them last longer and smell better. Be sure to change the water in the vase daily (adding soda) and you will notice that the flowers last longer although they open more.
Add a few drops of vodka (or any clear spirit) to your vase of flowers. Vodka is said to have a different effect on flowers. The distillate’s ability to inhibit the production of ethylene, a ripening gas that helps plants ripen, slows flower wilting.
Before you try one of the above ways to keep your flowers fresh, make sure you do the following simple things first:
- One of the most common mistakes you make is forgetting to cut the stems at an angle.
- It is important to remove leaves below the water line. Not only will it make your bouquet look better, but it will also prevent the growth of bacteria.
- Your flowers won’t last long without water, especially when their stems have been cut. It is also important to clean your jar well and change the water every two to three days.
- Your flowers will last longer in a cool room. Avoid exposing them to direct sunlight or near heat-generating devices. Also avoid areas such as open windows, heating or cooling vents, and ceiling fans, as these can cause the flowers to dehydrate quickly.
With information from proflowers.com