Flowers are a beautiful centrepiece that can brighten any room they're in. It's always a shame when flowers don't last as long as they could have, since taking good care of flowers requires only a little effort each day. Here are some tips on how you can keep your flowers fresh, so that you can enjoy them for as long as possible.
Change The Water Often
First, it is important to maintain the water in your flower vase. Leaving dirty water in the vase for too long can have an adverse affect on your plant; it's best to keep the plant in water that is clear and free of decayed plant material. It's sometimes easy to tell when the water needs to be changed. It begins to turn brown, or it starts to have a lot of particles floating in it. When this happens, simply empty the vase and add fresh water. Even better, get in the habit of changing the water on a daily basis.
Watch The Water You Use
The type of water that you use is also important. When you first buy flowers, the water in the vase usually contains many nutrients and chemicals to keep the flowers fresh while they are in the store. But once you change the water for the first time at home, you lose all of that nutrient-rich water, and your flowers begin to wilt more quickly. However, there are a few things you can add to your water at home to imitate this nutrient water. Aspirin, vinegar, a copper penny, sugar, and vodka are some of the tried and true additives that will give your flowers the nutrients they need to stay healthy.
Trim and Maintain Your Flowers
Another aspect of maintaining clean water is keeping the water free of plant debris. Plant parts that are floating in the water not only block the stems from receiving water, but they also decay and cause the water to become unhealthy. This problem is easy enough to solve. When you first get the flowers, trim off the leaves that are low enough to hang in the water. If these leaves begin to grow back, be sure to cut them again. Also, if you periodically strain the water for floating plant pieces, this will help to keep the water clear and fresh.
Be sure that your plants are able to soak in the nutrients and good, clean water that you're providing for them. The plants use their stems to collect the water and other life supporting materials from their surroundings; if the ends of the stem are not functioning properly, then the plant can't get enough nutrition to survive. You can maintain the plant stems by trimming off the ends at a 45 degree angle, using a basic knife or pair of scissors.
Check The Stem For These Signs
You can tell when a flower has not been receiving enough water by noting whether it appears to be dying faster than the other flowers in the vase. Or, you can check the stem’s firmness; if the end of the stem is hard, there is likely a lot of dead plant tissue there. Cut it off to give the plant more access to water. Likewise, if the stem is mushy, there is probably a lot of damaged tissue in the area. Trim above the mushy part in order to fix this issue.
Taking good care of flowers is simply a matter of spending a few minutes a day to assess what your plant needs, and to make sure that it's in a good environment. By combing some or all of these simple steps, you will see that the lifespan of your flowers will improve tremendously.