Long Lasting Floral Arrangements
Long Lasting Beauty
Getting the most life out of fresh cut flower arrangements is easier than many people may think. After spending countless hours growing and nurturing a flower garden, you want to make all the hard work last as long as possible, by keeping flower fresher longer.
No matter if a flower arrangement comes from the backyard or the local florist, a few simple steps can help them keep their beauty as long as possible. Be sure to give flowers fresh water and keep a check on the water level daily. Flowers last longer when the stems are kept hydrated and not left to dry out.
When harvesting fresh flowers from the garden, be sure to gather them early in the morning. This is important to keep moisture in the stems. If flowers are cut later in the day the stems will be drier and the flowers will not last as long.
Flowers that are kept at a temperature between forty and fifty degrees is the best way to help them hold freshness. Since this temperature is too cold to set a thermostat to, try placing the flowers in the refrigerator at night.
All leaves from the stem that will be below water level should be removed before placing flowers in a vase. Cut stems at an angle and cut them while holding them underwater. Cutting them in water prevents air from getting into the stem's veins.
Misting the flowers with water and changing the water daily is important for the longevity of the bouquet. Use one tablespoon of bleach per quart of water to help kill bacteria and keep the water smelling fresh.
A few drops of food coloring in the water can give flower arrangements a decorative look, especially with a clear vase. Adding one teaspoon of sugar to the water can also help give flowers a much needed pick me up.
Flowers tend to wilt more quickly when exposed to heat, direct sunlight, or drafts. Broken or floppy stems they can be easily repaired with a popsicle stick, pipe cleaner, or a straw. Any of these items make a good splint to erect falling flowers.
Flowers should not be picked while in full bloom. Those harvested with open or partly open buds will last longer and stay fresher. Flowers make a nice centerpiece for the dining room table, plus the fragrance helps freshen up the house.
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