There’s nothing like a colorful bouquet to brighten your day, but it’s always disappointing when the blossoms begin to wilt. That’s why it’s a good idea to select flowers that are known to stay fresher longer. While chrysanthemums typically have a vase life of up to 30 days, other varieties such as zinnias, orchids and carnations can often last up to three weeks. Other hearty options include stunning blue and purple delphiniums or gladiolus. While these are all known for their longevity, it’s still important to change the water every two days and it can also be helpful to regularly trim the stems at a 45-degree angle to increase the flower's water uptake.
Once you’ve selected your flowers, here are a few tips to make your arrangement look like it was created by a pro! Use clear tape to create a grid across the top of your vase or container, making it easier to secure flowers in place. Next, you’ll focus on the proper size of your bouquet by making your bouquet taller than its container by about one and a half times. Create a big impact with a massive gathering of a single type of flower or mix in different textures for a monochromatic arrangement. Save larger leaves and stems to fill in around the flowers or to cover the container’s rim as a great finishing touch.
Even if you don’t select one of the varieties known for lasting longer, there’s also many household items known to maximize the life of your cut flowers. Everything from adding an aspirin or soda to the water are easy fixes to keep those posies looking great. Here are a few other ideas:
Hair spray – Spray the undersides of the leaves and petals with hair spray
Apple cider vinegar – Add two tablespoons vinegar and sugar into a vase of water before adding water
Bleach – Mix one liter of water with ¼ teaspoon of bleach
Copper penny – A cube of sugar and a copper penny added in the vase water will prevent bacteria
Homemade flower preservative – Dissolve three tablespoons sugar and two tablespoons white vinegar with one quart of warm water
With all of these tips and tricks, you’re sure to make the most of your cut flowers and enjoy the beauty they are sure to bring to your home!