I love a vase full of fresh market flowers. They provide color and life to any room. Each Saturday I head to the markets to find the perfect bouquet. It is incredibly hard to choose. Peonies, Roses or Tulips. Peonies are usually my go to flower.
My goal is to keep them alive for the week ahead. There is nothing worse than purchasing a bouquet, to find they wilt and brown within days. I want to get the most out of these stunning flowers.
Andrew, the charming garden expert, gave me the secrets on how to keep cut flowers alive for longer.
Wash the vase in warm soapy water
Having a clean vase is essential. Each time the water is replenished wash the vase in warm soapy water.
Rinsing the vase will not remove the bacteria. The only option is to wash the vase in soapy water.
Cut the stems on an angle
Cut 2cm from the flower stems. On an angle of 45 degrees before you place them into the fresh water. This will ensure they can absorb maximum water.
Only use a knife when cutting. Scissors can crush the stems and prevent absorption of water.
Cut the stems as soon as you purchase the bouquet. Then every second day.
Remove all wilting leaves and dying flowers
As soon as you see any brown flowers or leaves, remove them. If you place them back into the vase, they will deteriorate the water. The flowers will not last for very long.
Make sure there are no leaves submerged into the water. This will quickly result in the water smelling and going cloudy. Only leave a few leaves near the flowers.
Change the water daily
Make sure your vase has clean water. Daily. Flowers need to be in fresh water for them to stay alive.
Add a teaspoon of sugar
To ensure the flowers last longer, add a teaspoon of sugar to the water. The sugar is food for the flowers and will help their longevity.
Flowers and Fruit Bowls
It is imperative to keep flowers away from your kitchen fruit bowl. As fruit ripen they release a natural gas, which will cause your flowers to age quicker.
Flowers and Sunshine
Place your vase out of the direct sun and heat. Flowers will wilt from the heat very quickly.
Flowers will last longer in cooler rooms.
If you see your roses dropping, cut the stems and quickly put them into a bucket of water. Leave for a few hours. Before you know it, the roses will hydrate and stand tall again.
Keeping cut flowers alive is simple when you put them into a clean vase, cut the stems regularly, change the water, and make sure they are not near fruit, sunshine or direct heat. Your flowers will last for a few weeks.