One of my favorite things to do is go outside in the morning and scope out all the flowers in my yard. I always trim the prettiest ones to bring inside and add some fresh color to the house.
Now that we are in the summer months, fresh flowers can dwindle almost immediately upon trimming. The worst thing to do is trim off a big beautiful rose only to have it wilt the minute you bring it inside. Being a scientist, I have experimented and researched over the years what works best.
I have shared with you how to properly trim a rose bush to encourage healthy growth, and keep your bloom looking vibrant. Now, I have some tips for you that will help you keep any of those fresh cut flowers lingering as long as possible and still look beautiful. If you follow me on instagram, you’ve probably seen all the pretty pictures I post of my flowers. Now, you can know my secrets to keeping them!
Plants are usually full of their own food early in the morning, so by trimming at this time, they will contain the most nutrients. This is especially true in the summer months.
2. Trim at an angle!
This will expose more are of the stem which will allow it to absorb more nutrients when it is in a vase.
That way the stem will not have any exposure to air or drying.
4. Keep out of direct sunlight and change water everyday!
Sunlight will make the fresh flowers too warm and changing the water each day will eliminate any bacteria growth, which brings me to the next point…
4. Eliminate bacteria growth!
Bacteria begins to grow fairly soon in a vase of water. That is the point of those little packets they give you when you buy them at the store. It contains a chemical (called biocide) and usually an acid that kills bacteria. Fresh water and indirect sunlight will help eliminate the bacteria growth too.
My last tip is the best way I keep my fresh flowers alive the longest, especially with ones from the garden and that is:
5. Refrigerate every night!
Scientifically, this is proven to be the best way to keep cut flowers the longest. The cooler temperature will kill the bacteria that can grow in the water and will preserve the flower from any new growth. Here is how some carnations looked after two weeks:
So, next time you cut a pretty rose from your own garden, try these tips! Or even some beautiful store bought ones, these tips work for those too! Now since it is strawberry week, I wanted to show you the current arrangement I made for an outdoor picnic.
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