|Receiving a bouquet of flowers is wonderful. The colors give your home a happier atmosphere, and the smells bring about memories of spring and summertime. Sadly, these bouquets don’t last long, and the wilted flowers become a sad sight and end up in the trash within a couple of days. By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to prolong the life of your bouquet for up to 3 weeks.|
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When you’re choosing a bouquet, look at the bottoms of the petals to see how many petals were previously removed from it. A fresh rose will only have one or two petals removed, and the more petals are missing, the closer the rose is to its life’s end.
Your nose is perfectly fine, most decorative flowers simply have no scent. Growers prefer to breed flowers that are bigger and more resilient, not necessarily the ones that smell nice.
Don’t swap bouquets without washing the vase properly. The bacteria and fungi from the previous bouquet will hasten the decaying process and your new flowers will be dead in no time. For the best results, wash the vase with alcohol or bleach.
Keeping your bouquet next to a fruit bowl may look lovely, but it will also shorten the lifespan of your flowers. Fruits emit a gas called Ethaline, which speeds up decay in plants.
Flowers prefer a humid environment, and air-conditioning dries up the air, shortening their lifespan.
Instead of snipping stems with scissors, work with a sharp knife without a serrated edge. Cut the stems diagonally and cut it again every 3-4 days.
You can use scissors to snip any leaves that come in contact with the water in the vase. Leaving the leaves in the water creates a perfect habitat for bacteria and fungi.
Avoid breaking, bending or damaging the stems. The stems’ shape is vital for the delivery of nutrients to the flowers. If you have a damaged flower, you will do well to remove it from the bouquet.
You don’t them and neither do the flowers. When first putting the flowers in, or when you change the water, make sure they’re lukewarm.