Thursday, February 11, 2016

10 Ways To Help Cut Flowers Last Longer

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Nothing brightens up a home like a freshly cut bouquet of flowers.  To be honest, I used to think flowers were a total waste of money (I know, gasp).  I told Nick not to even bother buying them for me, but he still did and I slowly fell in love.  They truly bring new life and energy to a room and now I can't get enough of them.  With the biggest flower holiday of them all just around the corner, I thought I'd share a few of  my favorite, tried and true tips to extending the life of your fresh flowers.  

ONE | When purchasing your flowers, make sure you have a water supply for transporting.  Whether it be in an individual water container or just wrapped in a damp paper towel, don't let those beauties dry out on the way home.

TWO | Make sure your vase has been thoroughly cleaned with hot, soapy water and rinsed well to remove any microorganisms/bacteria.  

THREE | Remove any wilted leaves and also any greenery from the stems that would sit below the water line.  Submerged leaves will mold quickly and pollute the water.

FOUR | Trim the stems 1-2 inches at a 45 degree angle.  I like to do this under cool, running water as it will prevent air from going into the stems.

FIVE | Use those floral food packets!  They are full of preservatives and anti-bacterials that will keep your flowers fresh and happy.  Make sure to grab a few extra at the store, as you'll want to use a new packet every time you change the water.

SIX | Place bouquet in a shaded, cool area and out of direct sunlight to prolong its life.

SEVEN | Upkeep is important: make sure to change water - cold and fresh - and trim the stems every 2 or 3 days.

EIGHT | It also doesn't hurt to mist your flowers with a spray bottle daily.  Many types of flowers also absorb water through their petals so a double dose of refreshments is never a bad idea.

NINE | If you can clear space, move your arrangement into the fridge for the night.

TEN | When your flowers are nearing the end of their lives, there are quite a few suggestions on how to perk them back up.  Some that have worked for me: adding an ice cube or a splash of 7-Up to the water and throwing in a penny specifically to help tulips stand up straight again.

What's your best flower trick?  Here's to hoping for filling our homes with fresh, beautiful bouquets this weekend!

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  1. I just posted about this on Monday! Great tips!

    I did some chemistry research a few years ago to see what was making the flowers die and how to prevent it as long as possible!

    http://www.chemistrycachet.com/extend-life-valentines-day-flowers/

    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  2. Great tips! I always cut the ends of the stems when I get them, and those food packets are awesome!

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  3. Great tips, lady! I do a lot of these already, but will try misting my flowers with a spray bottle. I've never heard of that trick.

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  4. Thanks for sharing these.. I usually just cut the tips and add the food package they come with! Love learning about new tricks for flowers since they don't always last very long! Xo

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  5. Such a smart idea about cutting under running water!

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  6. I didn't know about a spray bottle- great ideas. I buy flowers almost weekly from the grocery store...they last forever! haha

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  7. Great tips! I've been hinting at the hydrangeas at Publix so we'll see if I get some flowers to test these tricks out on ;)

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  8. Great tips! I want to add fresh flowers to our dining table center piece this spring and these will all come in handy! ;)

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  9. This is a great list! Removing leaves that fall below the water line and changing out the water are definitely key.

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  10. I had no idea about the penny or 7-up trick, next time I have Tulips I'll have to remember this. Great tips girl, I've always loved how much flowers can transform a room!

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  11. I never heard of those 'spruce up' tricks before!!! I'll have to remember that.

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  12. Love the idea of adding an ice cube or penny - anything to make them last longer! We always have them at least one spot on the first floor but fresh flowers are just so pretty - I'd love to do more!

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  13. Great tips, lady! I think regularly trimming the stems is key to making flowers last - Ryan has spoiled me a lot lately with flowers, so I've been getting a lot of practice!

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  14. I never knew that flowers lived longer when they are in a shady, cool area. That would explain why mine probably burn alive every. single. time.

    LIFE AS YOU LIVE IT

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  15. Oh my goodness, you are such a pro! I knew like 2 of these 10 tips. I am pinning this for future reference! Thanks, friend! :)

    By the way, I was totally NOT a flower person either. I always told Christopher not to buy them for me because it seemed like a waste of money and they just die anyway. He was pretty good about not buying them for me while we were dating, but after we were married he started bringing them home anyway despite my protestations. Eventually I began to appreciate the bits of color that flowers can bring to a room. And now I love them. Funny how that can change. :)

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  16. So many great tips! I'm really dumb with flowers and have the blackest thumb.... I'm definitely following all of your tips and maybe I won't kill the batch I'm expecting this weekend ;)

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  17. I LOVE flowers (most of the time)... but they really do make a room feel so much better!! I'm with you 100% on that!

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  18. Such great tips!! I do a lot of these but will have to try the spray bottle and 7up/penny trick next time!

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  19. this is great! i don't buy flowers because they don't last long, but i never knew there was things i could do to make them last longer. brilliant!

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  20. I am the WORST at keeping plants/flowers alive/fresh. I have a black thumb. lol

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  21. There definitely is nothing like fresh flowers in the house, it just brightens up the room and gives me all the feelings for spring. Awesome tips! My mom always taught me to cut the stems and use those little packets of "flower food" which really helps <3
    Green Fashionista

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  22. Great tips!

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  23. The upkeep is key - I have to remind myself to change the water every morning. I never thought about keeping them out of the sun and I like to give the bouquet a quick little trim to make sure the stems are fresh/ready to absorb water. I've heard that putting a penny in the water helps keep the flowers fresher longer, but it's been a while since I've done that. I'm also determined to plant several peony bushes in our new yard so that I can have all the bouquets! My cats are the number 1 flower enemy at my house so I've always got to be strategic on where I keep my fresh flowers. Silly pets :)

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  24. These are great tips! I've never had much of a green thumb but then again I haven't really known how to take care of flowers. I'm going to give these a try to give my Valentine's Day flowers a shot at an extended life :)

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  25. Pinning this post for sure! I love having fresh flowers in my home! Funny story, I loved it in college, too, but of course didn't know who to take care of them. One time, I had a bouquet in my room for a while that looked great and seemed to last forever. All of a sudden, though, my room started smelling AWFUL! I took out the trash, cleaned, did everything I could think of to get rid of the terrible smell, only to eventually realize it was the flower water!

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