10 Tricks to Keep your Flowers Fresh for Longer

A blooming bouquet of flowers is a beautiful way to add color and charm to any room. They brighten up a space and act as a natural air freshener (depending on the type of flower).  The problem is that most flowers do not last longer than a week, if that, and wilted flowers are never very pretty to look at. Here are a few easy tricks for maintaining your flowers so that they will last longer and stay looking like they did the day you bought them home – at least for a few weeks anyways.

1. Trim the stems

It is important to trim the stems of your flowers at least every other day, preferably with a knife or gardening shears, at a 45-degree angle promoting a steady flow of nutrients and water. Stay away from using scissors, as they tend to squish the stem defeating the purpose of trimming them in the first place.

2. Remove Low Hanging Greenery

When leaves/ thorns are immersed in the water for an extended period of time they will rot and form mold. If not removed immediately, bacteria will grow and in turn attract little microorganisms that will cause damage to the rest of the plant.

3. Change the Water

Murky water is not pretty to look at and contains little in the way of nutrients for your flowers. The water should be changed daily, to clean out any debris and any possible bacteria that may be starting to grow. Bacteria and fungi also multiple quicker in a vase, so best to cut them of at the pass and not let them get out of hand!

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4. Clean the Vase

When changing the water, also clean your vase with steaming hot water and antibacterial soap to remove any microorganism that may be hiding in there. This might sound rudimentary, however it is one of the most important things you can do when trying to help your flowers maintain their freshness.

5. Pick the Location Carefully

Keeping your flowers in a cool place is important, especially at night. Putting your fresh flowers by any sort of heat source will increase the speed of wilting.

6. Keep Away from Ripening Fruits and Veggies

Ripening fruits and vegetables, along with wilted flowers, release ethylene gas, causing plants to mature faster. Placing your flowers near a source may activate their ethylene receptors, causing them to wilt and die at an increased rate. To avoid this from happening, trim wilting flowers immediately and keep your bouquet in a different room from your fruits and veggies.

7. Bleach

Bleach works to keep the water clean and clear, preventing the growth of bacteria and microorganisms that will damage and wilt your flowers. However, only add a few drops to your water, too much bleach can make the stems of your flowers loose their color, damaging the entire plant!

8. Soda

Add a few drops of soda to the water. The sugar and acid found in soda will act as food for your flowers, giving them energy and allowing them to stay blossomed longer. Avoid using:

  • Diet sodas: they do not have enough sugar in them to sustain your flowers.
  • Dark sodas: these may contain too much acid for your flowers to handle and will also make your water murky.

*White sodas such as 7-up, sprite or club soda work best.

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9. Sugar

Adding sugar to the water is a home remedy that is a much healthier and environmentally friendlier way of nourishing your flowers (do this as an alternative to adding soda). An option is to add white vinegar or a few drops of lemon juice to the sugar mixture, making the water more acidic, adding extra nutrients for flower longevity- be careful not too add too much, less is more!!

10. Vodka

Who knew your flowers liked to party on the weekend! A few drops of vodka acts as an antibacterial agent, preventing bacteria from forming and feeding those pesky microorganisms. It can also prevent the flower from producing excess ethylene gas, thus increasing the lifespan of your flowers.

KEY for keeping your flowers fresh:  provide your flowers with the nutrients and water that they are missing from being cut from their base plant, while maintaining the least amount of bacterial growth in the vase! Chat with your Calgary arborist for more information about keeping your home plant-life fresh longer.

Happy Spring!

Alana Kitchen, founder of Who To Call Inc., jokes that with three boys in her household she always needs a good drywaller on speed dial. When Alana moved to Calgary she quickly discovered it was an Olympic sport to find home service businesses that provided the quality service and advice she was looking for. This experience inspired Alana’s solution: Who To Call.

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Alana Kitchen
Alana Kitchen
Alana Kitchen, founder of Who To Call Inc. Taking care of a house with three boys I always needed a good drywaller on speed dial. When I moved to Calgary I quickly discovered it was an Olympic sport to find home service businesses that provided the quality service and advice I was looking for. This experience inspired Who To Call – a website dedicated to helping Calgarians find quality home service repair companies. Sign up to post your project and find quality companies today!
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