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How to keep a bouquet of flowers fresh longer: ingenious tricks

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Pruning, regular water changes and fertilizing will make the flowers significantly more stand fresh longer

Spring is the season of flowers, so you may want delicate tulips, fragrant hyacinths, or luxurious roses in your home. In addition, March 8, the day when it is customary to give women flowers, is coming up. Therefore, the question of how to make the bouquet last as long as possible will be very relevant these days.

OBOZREVATEL has collected the main tips for caring for cut flowers. Read on to know how to extend their life with the help of home remedies and small tricks.

How to treat a fresh bouquet

As soon as you bring the flowers home, do some simple manipulations with them. First of all, cut off the ends of the stems. During transportation, they dry out and lose their ability to pass water. Therefore, to make the flowers last longer, make a fresh cut. In this case, prune at a 45-degree angle. This way, the contact of the stems with the bottom of the vase will be minimal, which will slow down the process of their decay.

How to care for a bouquet in a vase

To avoid the excessive growth of bacteria and fungi that accelerate wilting in a vase, the water in the vase should be changed daily. The vase itself should also be rinsed with fresh water.

Never put flowers in cold or warm water. It should be at room temperature. Chilled boiled water is a good choice.

Don't forget to cut off any leaves that fall below the water level. They will quickly begin to rot and spoil the water. In addition, transpiration - the evaporation of water that the plant has absorbed - occurs through the leaves. Thus, removing the leaves will retain more moisture in the flowers.

Where to put a vase with a bouquet

Avoid placing the bouquet near heat sources as this will speed up the drying of the flowers. Direct sunlight will also be harmful to them. A shaded, cool place is ideal.

Home remedies to extend the life of a bouquet

Some flower shops may offer ready-made mixtures that can be added to the water for the bouquet. However, this is not a very economical choice, especially if you change this water daily. One of the most effective life hacks is to insert a match with the head up into the stem after you cut it. The substance that ignites the match will also protect the flower from the development of harmful bacteria and fungi.

You can also mix a teaspoon of sugar and apple cider vinegar and add this mixture to the water. The sugar will become food for the flowers, and the vinegar will acidify the water, which is good for preserving the beauty of the plants. However, this mixture will definitely need to be changed daily because the sugar solution is also a good breeding ground for microorganisms.

A tablet of effervescent aspirin is also a good choice to extend the life of the bouquet. It will also acidify the water and limit the growth of bacteria in it. You can also add 1-2 drops of bleach to the water to disinfect it.

Finally, throw a copper coin at the bottom of the vase. It will prevent the development of mold and bacteria. However, it will need to be washed with every water change.

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