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Three unexpected tricks to prolong the beauty of your bouquet cut flowers

This is how you can prolong the freshness of cut flowers.
This is how you can prolong the freshness of cut flowers.
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1:32 PM EST, January 18, 2024

Birthdays, name days, Valentine's Day, and Women's Day are just a few of special occasions when we give or receive bouquets of cut flowers as gifts. Whether it's roses, lilies, or always impressive tulips, we desire their eye-catching charm to last as long as possible. Here are some ways to extend their lifespan.

Tips to extend the freshness of cut flowers

Firstly, let's focus on the choice of flowers. Irrespective of whom we buy them for, remember, they must be primarily fresh and devoid of drooping buds or decaying leaves. Then, before placing them in a vase, trim them by about one inch using a sharp knife or shears.

Avoid setting them in particularly warm places, such as near a radiator, stove, or fireplace, as these locations would cause the flowers to wilt rapidly. Also, it's advisable not to place them on windowsills, as excessive sunlight can harm them.

Top three tricks

While professional flower food from flower shops can extend their freshness, few people are aware of equally effective home remedies. We particularly recommend the following three:

  1. Clip the stem and insert a matchstick (sulfur side up) to inhibit bacteria and fungi growth that could diminish the flower's lifespan.
  2. Adding half a crushed aspirin tablet to the water mitigates bacteria growth.
  3. Place a clean copper coin in the vase to limit the growth of molds and bacteria. Ensure to clean it regularly.
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