How to Keep Fresh Flowers Living Longer

February 11th, 2014 Carriage Flowers


One of the biggest complaints that most men seem to have about buying flowers for a significant other is not the fact that they don’t want to do something nice for the person they care about, but the fact that flowers won’t last forever. Well there’s no way to argue that; flowers are living things and eventually, they will wilt up and die, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of them.How to Keep Fresh Flowers Living Longer | Carriage Flowers


With Valentine’s Day coming up, women all over the world are going to be gifted with a bouquet of beautiful, fresh flowers as a sign of affection. If you’re one of them, don’t worry about how long it will take until the petals begin to wilt. Enjoy their beauty for as long as possible by taking the necessary steps to keep them healthy!


We would highly suggest re-cutting the stems at an angle to give the flowers their best chance at absorbing water and checking that water level daily to ensure that it’s high enough. If at any point you find that the water is getting too cloudy over overfilled with debris, change it out for fresh water.


Now while those are our suggestions, there are quite a few others floating around regarding how certain household items can also help to prolong the life of fresh flowers. For one, many people claim that by pouring ¼ cup of lemon-lime soda into a vase of water, the sugar will cause the flowers to blossom longer. Others suggest that two tablespoons sugar mixed with two tablespoons white vinegar in a quart of warm water will help to prevent the growth of bacteria inside of the vase, allowing the flowers to stay fresher longer.


Thinking about sharing a few Valentine’s Day cocktails with your sweetheart? Consider letting your flowers in on a little bit of the fun by adding a few drops of vodka to a vase full of water and one teaspoon sugar. Much like with the vinegar mixture, vodka helps to minimize bacterial growth so that you can enjoy your bouquet for a longer period of time.


Have any of your own secrets about how to keep your flowers alive longer? Let us know! We’d love to hear a few of your ideas!


(Posted by: Sara Jaworski of Carriage Flowers)

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