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how to keep cut flowers alive as long as possible

How to keep cut flowers alive as long as possible – hints and tips

So the question I get asked most frequently is how to keep cut flowers alive as long as possible, there are some strange ideas out there as to what one should do, here I have put together what I know and believe works.

Tips for keeping your flowers fresh for as long as possible!

how to keep cut flowers alive as long as possibleWhen you get home with your delicious bouquet……

Recut the ends of the stems, if the stem end get dry it forms a scab like we would, so cut off the ends and place straight into their vase.
Make a solution of flower preserver (this really works, promise!), for every litre of water add 2 drops of household bleach, 2 drops of lemon juice or vinegar and a pinch of sugar.

Hairspray! Stand approximately 2ft away from flowers and give them a light spray.

Don’t over crowd the vase, they don’t like being squashed so give them a vase they can relax in.

Keep their water clean, change it every day if you can. (This is unrealistic for most people but do change their water when you can).

Flowers fade at different rates, so as one or two flowers start to look sad just pull them out, keep doing this as they fade, you can reduce the size of your vase as your bouquet reduces.

And most importantly avoid high heat. Flowers HATE heat. If possible place your flowers in a location that doesn’t get direct sunlight. I know everyone wants to see their flowers so there is no point in placing them under the stairs. If the location you wish to place your flowers is a rather warm spot perhaps consider putting them in the fridge overnight if you have space between the sausages!

So the question I get asked most frequently is how to keep cut flowers alive as long as possible, there are some strange ideas out there as to what one should do, here I have put together what I know and believe works.

Tips for keeping your flowers fresh for as long as possible!

how to keep cut flowers alive as long as possibleWhen you get home with your delicious bouquet……

Recut the ends of the stems, if the stem end get dry it forms a scab like we would, so cut off the ends and place straight into their vase.
Make a solution of flower preserver (this really works, promise!), for every litre of water add 2 drops of household bleach, 2 drops of lemon juice or vinegar and a pinch of sugar.

Hairspray! Stand approximately 2ft away from flowers and give them a light spray.

Don’t over crowd the vase, they don’t like being squashed so give them a vase they can relax in.

Keep their water clean, change it every day if you can. (This is unrealistic for most people but do change their water when you can).

Flowers fade at different rates, so as one or two flowers start to look sad just pull them out, keep doing this as they fade, you can reduce the size of your vase as your bouquet reduces.

And most importantly avoid high heat. Flowers HATE heat. If possible place your flowers in a location that doesn’t get direct sunlight. I know everyone wants to see their flowers so there is no point in placing them under the stairs. If the location you wish to place your flowers is a rather warm spot perhaps consider putting them in the fridge overnight if you have space between the sausages!