Happy Valentine’s Day! Today is an updated version of a popular post on how to extend the life of Valentine’s Day flowers!
I wanted to share with you some awesome, scientifically proven, tips to keep your pretty flowers as long as possible! My husband and I don’t do big gifts for this holiday at all, but he has always brought home pretty bouquets with a beautiful vase!
He gets really creative with it too! He likes to combine all different flowers, colors, and textures to make something unique. Honestly, he is pretty awesome at making a flower arrangement!
I also just love buying flowers for myself. If I am having a rough day, or just need something therapeutic going on, I love to go flower shopping 🙂 I prefer it over clothes or anything like that. You have probably seen my flower shopping love on instagram and snapchat (username :: alexisroch)!
Fresh cut flowers are always so special, and I love to keep them as long as I can.
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The fact of the matter, flowers go bad quickly once they are exposed to air. Oxidation causes them to wilt, rot, and die usually after a week depending on the type of flower.
You may recall I posted some tips on keeping your flowers fresh for awhile back in the spring, but that was geared toward cutting them from your own garden. This is perfect for store bought blooms!
Always cut a good inch off the bottom at an angle. This will freshen up the bottom and allow the flower to soak up more water.
Trim off excess leaves. Especially with roses, all the extra leaves around the base take up space, and the cut will soak up enough water to feed those leaves too. That is too much for it to feed in a vase, so it helps to remove anything that isn’t necessary. The flower won’t have to work as hard!
Always prepare the vase with the little packets of food it comes with. The science behind this stuff is it will reduce bacteria growth, which is what usually makes the fresh cuts rot or die fast. Use a little of the packet and fill the vase with fresh water, but don’t fill the vase up too full. You just need enough to cover all the tips.
Want to make your own? We have an easy DIY fresh cut flower food that also explains all the fun science behind why it works!
Every night, pop your vase in the fridge. This will stop any oxidation and bacteria growth for the time being. This is actually the best away to keep the flowers looking perky too!
Each day take the flowers out, trim the ends again.
Refill the vase with fresh water everyday too. Make sure to add some of the plant food also!
Make sure the blooms have some window light, but not too much direct sunlight. Since it is winter, you probably won’t have too much hot sunlight coming in, but you definitely don’t want too much. It’s all about balance!
I learned these tips while I was studying horticulture in college. I love how horticulture flowed so well with chemistry too! That is why I love flower gardening so much 🙂
You can also use some of your flowers to make other things!