How To Extend The Life Of Cut Flowers

Flowers are a symbol of beauty and purity. They are bright, colorful, and usually, have a sweet fragrance. These are things that create a sensation of joy in people and so flowers have been used for thousands of years to adorn our living and working environment. Flowers are kept in vases so that they can make our living space look beautiful and also emit their sweet fragrance throughout our space. They are also kept in beautiful decorations that make our house or workspace look gorgeous and colorful. Let us now take a look at how we can take proper care of these freshly cut flowers and extend their life.

Flowers in a Vase:

Flowers in a vase tend to absorb the water and live on in spite of having been cut from the plants. To ensure that they are able to efficiently absorb the water from the vase, we need to cut the stems of the flowers at a 45-degree angle. This will ensure that the maximum amount of the stem surface is exposed to the water and the flower will thus be able to absorb as much water as it needs.

Because the flowers in a vase still live, we need to provide them with the right nutrition so as to ensure that they live longer. This can be done by adding one of the commercially available vase flower food to the water in the vase or by making our own flower food solution. Since flowers need sugar, a low pH and some antibacterial medium to keep the cuts from rotting, we can easily make our own flower food by using simple ingredients that are usually readily available in our house. All we need to do to prepare excellent flower food is lukewarm water, a pinch of sugar, bleach and some lime. We can mix all these together and add it to the vase to act as flower food and a preservative that will keep the flowers fresh for a long time.

Flowers in a Floral Arrangement:

Flowers in a floral arrangement are a bit harder to take care of, since we cannot take the flowers apart as it would spoil the arrangement. Hence, we need to make use of a sponge or a piece of foam soaked in the flower food solution. This can be placed on the cut ends of the flower stem from time to time and the flowers will be able to absorb the nutrients from it.