Valentine’s Day has officially arrived, and chances are good that you’ll be indulging in a bunch of blooms, either care of yourself or that thoughtful special someone in your life. Below, our contributor, Arin Kleinman, shares her tips for making those flowers last long after the kiss-worthy gift!
I don’t mind admitting that I was born without a green thumb, so I’m always looking for ways to increase the lifespan of the fresh flowers I layer throughout my home. I love waking up to them next to my bed each morning, and they smell so good, but I always end up wishing that they’d last just a little longer. Happily, I’ve discovered a few tricks that extend the life of cut stems by at least a few days. Although different flowers require different care, these general tips below should help you in your quest for long-lasting flowers this Valentine’s Day!
- Cut the stems: In order to help flowers soak up as much water as possible, it’s important to cut the end of the stems. Even trimming them daily is recommended. The stem usually dries up after each day, so this will ensure that each stem is receiving enough water. Cutting tip: Use sharp scissors and cut the bottom at an angle, rather than straight across. Also, make sure to cut under running water.
- Sterilize the vase: Before putting your flowers into a vase, make sure you disinfect the vessel with bleach and water. It’s extremely important to provide a clean area for fresh blooms. This has been proven to lengthen the life.
- Flower food: Packets of flower food can help nourish and protect flowers making them last longer. Here’s a great tip! Rather than emptying the entire packet (guilty), do this in moderation. It can be added a little at a time when you change the water.
- Consider your placement: If flowers get too warm, they’ll die faster. The best way to ensure longevity is to style them in a cool spot in your home or office. Remember to keep arrangements away from direct sunlight, vents and doors. I recently started using a cold water bottle to cool off plants a few times a day. It seems to help!
- Put flowers in the fridge: Studies show that putting flowers in the fridge at night helps increase their lifespan. Not necessarily ideal for bedside blooms, but it’s a great idea for all other types of arrangements! This method has been proven to be the most effective, with flowers lasting more than seven days.
- Hairspray works wonders: A little spritz of hairspray on petals helps keep them perky. Remember though, a little goes a long way!
- Cut: When you notice certain flower heads or leaves starting to wilt and die, cut these off as soon as possible. If you’re quick with clean-up, the bouquet will last longer.
Fresh flowers are linked to increased happiness, positive energy levels and a reduction in depression and anxiety, so it’s worth your while to put in the effort to make them last. We shared more benefits here, so make sure to check it out!