Lilacs- How to Make Them Last in a Bouquet
The Heady Scent of Lilacs in Spring
For years I thought I could not cut lilacs and bring them inside because the ones I cut would wilt within the hour in a vase. That was a shame, since I have always wanted to take the beautiful essence of the lilac inside. They blossom for such a short interval that I want to enjoy them as much as I can during springtime
Why I Love the Lilac...
As a child I had a lilac tree under my bedroom window. I was spoiled by the soft, delicate fragrance of lilac scent rising through the open window as I lay waking during warm spring mornings.
Some Lilac trivia:
Lilacs are a symbol of early love. They bloom in May and June. In England they are part of cottage gardens and I can understand why.
Some varieties especially white ones are scentless. The old fashioned darker mauve varieties have the strongest fragrance, which is why I love the purple ones!
A Technique for Longer Lasting Cut Lilacs
How to Prepare cut Lilacs for the Vase
There are some variations to making Lilacs last. An old friend taught me this technique and I have added a little of what I have also found helpful...so here it is:
- Cut Lilacs in the morning. Apparently, that makes them likely to last longer...
- Lilacs should be cut twice. The first time when cut off the tree; the second cut just prior to placing them in a vase.
- A clean vase is important with lukewarm water and a teaspoon of sugar dissolved in it! Make sure you add the sugar, it is important!
- Just prior to adding the Lilacs cut the second time and peel off a layer of bark and split the ends to enable the stalks to pull up adequate supplies of sugar water.
- Lilacs will drink a lot of water. Make sure to keep an eye on the water level.and top up frequently.
- Note: as with all cut flowers, keep leaves out of the water and change the water if it gets murky. In that case re-cut the stems.
- Prepared this way, I have had Lilacs can last for a week. Much better than wilting within an hour!