Flower Care Tips
While chemical preservatives and floral foam are helpful in keeping flowers fresh, there are many natural alternatives to help your bouquet live a full life. And they're all as close as your kitchen cupboard!
When arranging or rearranging, re-cut the stems diagonally using a knife or garden shears. Hold the stem under a steady flow of lukewarm water while cutting.
Insert each flower separately into a vase or container filled with room-temperature water.
Dip rose stems into peppermint oil before placing them into water.
Extending the Life of Your Bouquet
Add a few foxglove stalks around the existing flowers.
Add a tablespoon of white vinegar to the water for anemones, lilies, and gladioli.
Drop a pinch of salt into the water for roses, snapdragons and violets.
Mix two teaspoons of sugar or lemonade to water containing asters and delphiniums.
Drop a penny into a vase filled with tulips.
Reduce murky water by adding one aspirin tablet.
Spray a fine mist on leaves and blossoms during hot-weather periods.
Place your arrangement in a temperate location, away from direct sunlight and electrical appliances. Avoid particularly humid or drafty areas.
Revitalizing Your Bouquet
Dip the flower stems into a cup of vodka or gin for up to 5 seconds, then replace into fresh water.
Immerse the whole flower ?stems and blossoms ?into cool water for no more than 15 minutes.
If only the blooms are drooping, use a pin to prick the stem just beneath the flower.