Many people are reluctant to send or buy floral arrangements in Washington County, NE because they don’t last forever. Or, once they get a bouquet, they don’t want to toss it, even once it begins to droop. But there are many things you can do to extend the life of your flowers. Keep them fresh longer with the following tips:
- Sweeten them up: That last swig of your soda can boost your blooms. Pour ¼ cup of soda into the water of your vase. Thanks to the sugar, your flowers will last longer. Use Sprite or 7-Up to keep the water clear.
- Style them: Remember that hair spray from the ‘80s? It won’t take that much, but give the undersides of the leaves and petals of your bouquet a quick spray, and your flowers will look fresh longer.
- Clean their home: Be sure to use a clean vase for your bouquet. Before inserting the flowers, thoroughly clean the vase with hot soapy water and rinse well to remove any bacteria that would quickly wilt your blooms.
- Prevent petal migraines: Crush an aspirin and add it to your bouquet’s water. This will keep cut flowers fresh longer—maybe because it cures the pain of being cut?
- Mist them: In addition to the water in the vase, your flowers will benefit from a light misting of the petals each day. So, spritz a bit!
- Give them a stiff drink: Minimizing the growth of bacteria in the water will keep your flowers fresh. Put a few drops of vodka in the vase to act as an antibacterial agent. Include a teaspoon of sugar to keep them perky.
- Bleach them: No, not the pretty petals. Keep those colors looking sharp by adding ¼ tablespoon of bleach per quart of water. It’s a great method to keep the water clear of bacteria.
- Clear the greenery: You want to keep the water as clear as possible. To help with this, remove all greenery from the part of the stems that will be submerged.
- Trim ‘em up: When you first get your flowers, trim one to two inches off the stems, cutting at a 45-degree angle. Then trim a bit from the stems each day or two to keep them fresh.
- Wrap them: Sometimes our flowers are in transit for a while before we can get them home and into a vase. If this is the case, wrap the stem bottoms in damp paper towels.
- Keep them cool: Have you ever noticed florists keep flowers in refrigerators? Yours don’t have to be that cool, but if you keep them away from fireplaces, heaters and direct sunlight, they will last longer.
Get them from the best
Another key factor in the longevity of your bouquet is their source. For the freshest, most fragrant floral arrangements in Washington County, NE, visit Country Gardens Blair Florist. You will enjoy a great selection of well-cared-for flowers, cut and arranged with care. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is ready to help you create a beautiful bouquet and help you make it last.