Fresh flowers bring so much colour and life to any space that they are placed in. They are a fleeting pleasure and are absolutely worthy of putting in efforts so that they are alive and fresh for long durations. Your flowers may be holding up nicely in the corner of your room or on top of your centre table in a pretty vase but with these sneaky little tricks you can make your flowers stay cheerful and alive for longer periods. Here are some top tips:
Say you received a bunch of some breathtakingly gorgeous flowers, what will you do next? You will obviously look for a nice vase and a good space to place them, in your home or office. However, you are also worried that the flowers might dry up soon. Looks like this simple trick will keep your flowers well hydrated for quite some time. All you need to do is to cut the stems of your flowers at a 45-degree angle (read slant), one inch from the bottom. This will increase the surface area for water intake and your flowers will be well hydrated and fresh.
HOW TO OPEN CLOSED BUDS QUICKLY
You spotted a gorgeous bunch of flowers and you want to buy it for the dinner you are hosting that very night. The only glitch is that half of the flowers in the bouquet are closed buds. You certainly don’t want to skip buying that pretty bouquet now, do you? Do you know that you can open closed buds quickly with the following simple trick? Just like aforementioned trick, post cutting the stems of the flowers, place them in a glass filled with warm water for a minute and then move your flowers to a vase full of cold water. After 20 minutes you will see your flowers bloom up to their maximum size.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR FLOWERS LOOKING FLAWLESS
This one here is an interesting and easy way of keeping your flowers flawless for a longer period. Right before placing your flowers in a vase, just put a scant amount of vodka in it along with a teaspoon of white sugar. This will delay wilting of your flowers. Also, later when your flowers do start to die, add some more vodka into the same water in which the flowers are placed and you will be surprised to see the stems of your flowers stand straight for a couple of more days.
HOW TO WATER YOUR ORCHIDS WITHOUT WASTING WATER
This is one of the simplest and the most ‘water-conserving’ way of watering your Orchids. Place your orchids in a vase and water them using just one ice cube per week. Yes, one ice cube is more than enough for a small orchid. It will melt slowly giving your flower a slow drip of hydration. For bigger Orchid flowers you may use two ice cubes per week. Have we not been telling you how forgiving Orchids are!
HOW TO KEEP YOUR FLOWER WATER FRESH FOR LONGER
Want to get rid of the hassle of changing the water of your flower vase? We just know what you need to know. Just drop a penny in your vase and this will keep your flowers looking amazing while keeping your water fresh. Basically, the copper in the pennies works as a great acidifier and it helps in preventing bacteria and fungus from growing inside it.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR FLOWERS FROM FADING
You may find it hard to believe but a hairspray can stop your flowers from fading too soon. Yes, you read it all correct! Just spritz the petals of your flowers with a bit of hairspray and you will see that they will maintain their bold and beautiful hues for longer durations.
These are a few secret and lesser-known tricks that even your florists have up their sleeves to keep their cut flowers looking amazing always. Apart from the aforementioned tricks, simple things like cutting off any leaf from your flowers before placing them in water is a must do as rotting leaves in water may lead to a faster decay of your flowers. Also, just by keeping your cut flowers away from direct sunlight and even away from fruit bowls can make them survive for a little longer. Try these simple flower hacks and watch your cut flowers last longer.