Having a beautiful flower arrangement on a table can brighten a room and give it a touch of class. Unfortunately, cut flowers do not last long and if you do not properly care for the arrangement it can make the room look neglected. Luckily, there are some tricks that will help prolong the beauty of the flowers so you do not have to replace them every few days. Try a few of the following tips to ensure your bouquet lasts as long as possible.
Cut the Stems and Remove Leaves
Before placing the flowers in a vase, cut off about two inches of the stem. It is best to cut them each individually and at an angle so they do not sit flat on the bottom of the vase. Every two to three days, take the flowers out of the vase and cut another inch off the bottom. If the vase is too tall for this, you will need to change vases so the blossoms can be arranged nicely and sit above the top. It is also important to remove any leaves that are low on the stem and will end up in the water; wet leaves can cause bacteria to grow that will make the flowers look bad faster.
If the bouquet was bought from a florist, it will come with a packet of flower food; you may want to ask for a couple of extra packets. Use room temperature water, pour in the food, and stir until it is dissolved. You can also add 1/4 cup of soda to a full vase. The sugar in the soda will help keep the flowers fresh longer and can increase the aroma softly wafting around them. You need to change the water every couple of days when you trim the stems, too.
One of the best ways to increase the life of a bouquet is to put it in the refrigerator every night. The cool temperatures inside will slow down the decaying process of the flowers. Simply put them in before going to bed at night and then put them back on the table for breakfast.
Flower arrangements are not just for the dining room table. Put a small vase in the bathroom or on a bedside table to brighten the room. You can also have a vase in the entryway and another in the living room. Buy or pick an extra large bouquet so you can create many flower arrangements throughout the house.