Flowers can bring so much color and joy to someone’s home, but eventually they wilt away.
- Clean your vase with soap and water before you put your flowers in.
- Make sure you cut the stems under water.
- Cut the stems in a 45 degree angle daily with sharp scissors.
- Add a small amount of sugar and aspirin to the water. Also add 1/4 of a teaspoon of any type of antibacterial agent like vinegar, vodka or bleach to your water.
- Remove any leaves and wilted flowers that falls into the water.
- Make sure you change the water occasionally.
- Remove any dying flowers as quick as possible.
- Keep your flowers away from direct sunlight and any drafts (like fans) which can kill your flowers quicker.
- Refrigerate flowers when you are away. This is a great technique to have them live longer.
- Keep flowers away from fruit and other plants because other plants give off the gas ethylene which can wilt your flowers early.
- Add a penny to the bottom of the vase. The copper in the penny acts as a fungicide to prevent fungus growth on plant stems. Look for pennies prior to 1982 since they are copper based where as the newer ones are mostly zinc with a thin copper coating.
- Do not place your flowers near appliances that can give off heat like computers and TVs which can dehydrate them.
I hope these tips help preserve your flowers to last longer. If you have any additional tips please share them with us.