If you have just been the lucky recipient of a stunning bouquet of fresh flowers, you are probably grinning from ear to ear at the sweet gesture. And who wouldn’t? After all, flowers are known to improve mood and overall sense of well-being.
But just as you’d want those flowers to last a very long time, the sad reality is it just isn’t possible. However, there are ways on how you can preserve the beauty of the blooms by doing these three easy steps:
- Replace water in the vase every day. Most flower arrangements don’t come with a vase, so it’s only natural that you’d want to transfer them to another container. If you’re using foam with the container, keep the water level high enough to maintain the flowers’ freshness. You can also add flower food to the water to nourish and extend the life of the flowers.
- Re-cut flower stems at an angle every three days. Cut about 1/2 to one inch from the stem. Doing it this way allows flowers to take in more water. Make sure not to pierce the stems because it will prevent flowers from absorbing water. The best time to cut the stems is either early in the morning or late in the evening. To keep stems in place, tie them with a string or twine before taking them out of the vase.
- Display flowers in a cool spot. If possible, put them in the fridge overnight. Always use a fresh container for every flower arrangement because the old ones may already contain bacteria.
Receiving flowers can truly change a person’s day. It’s high time that you return the favor by sending flower bouquets to the people you love.