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10 Ways to Make Fresh Flowers Last

Turn your blooms into accent pieces that can last for a long time

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Whether you prefer red roses or vibrant tulips, these fresh blooms can instantly add life to any space. However, if you plan on turning them into accent pieces that can last for a couple of days, here are a few things that you can do:

Source: Martha Stewart. Photos from etsy.com and shabbyprimdelights.tumblr.com.

Keep these tips in mind:
  • Cut stems at a 45-degree angle to maximize the water absorption of the flowers’ stems.
  • After cutting the flowers, immediately submerge them in water. If you cut a stem and leave it exposed for a long time, it will cause flowers to wilt easily.
  • Flowers still need nourishment for them to bloom properly. Utilize common household ingredients such as sugar, lemon juice, chlorine bleach and aspirin to sustain its shelf life. Click here for the step-by-step guide.
  • Wrap the bottom of the stems in damp paper towels to keep moist inside.
  • Allow enough air to circulate between each flower. Too many flowers crowded together in a bucket may cause the petals to become squashed.

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  • Avoid stuffing too much flowers together. This will not only crush the flowers’ petals but also affect the air that circulates between them.
  • Keep flowers away from areas prone to heat such as windows to avoid wilting.
  • Pick a stylish vase that is suitable for your flowers’ height so that your flowers won’t bend over.
  • Replenish the water in the vase regularly. Flowers need lots of water that’s why it’s best to always fill the vases with lukewarm water daily.
  • Refrain from placing fresh flowers next to ripening fruits or vegetables. Some fruits contain a gas called ethylene which can harm the flowers’ petals.

Photo from gossipsfashionweek.com.

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