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!