While we'll be the first to defend that there is no 'wrong' time of year to have fresh, beautiful flowers in the home, summer would have to come out on top as the superior season for fresh cut blooms to be filling every room in your house!
It's the season of BBQs, parties, and all-round entertaining, thus makes it the perfect excuse to spend some extra cash on bright, colourful, aromatic flowers.
Flowers are notorious for dying a mere day or two after they leave the florist, however, and like most things that we spend a pretty dollar on, we want to make sure we get as much out of its life-expectancy as possible.
So, the next time you buy a lush bouquet for your sitting room, don't simply ~accept~ your flowers' fate when its petals start to fall - try these simple steps instead!
Crush up any-branded aspirin and add it to your flowers' water - easy!
Note: this doesn't mean that adding aspiring to old, murky water will revive any flowers. Be sure you're still changing the water every couple of days!
A preservative made from sugar, white vinegar and warm water will help keep those flowers blooming!
Mix three tablespoons of sugar with two tablespoons of white vinegar, add this concoction to every litre of warm water you use to fill your vase.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar!
Another mixture to help keep your bouquet booming is made from apple cider vinegar, sugar and water.
Measure out the vase water and then mix in two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, along with two tablespoons of sugar - mix! Then add your flowers!
Like always, be sure to keep changing the water every couple of days (along with your special mixture).
Mix in approximately 1/4 of a cup of Sprite into the water in your vase. The sugar from the drink will help keep the flowers going for longer.
Note: any soft drink will do the trick, however, you don't really want the water changing colour! Try and opt for a clear soft drink.
5. Regularly trim the stems!
Your flowers' stems love to close up. Re-trimming the stems (at an angle, of course) will help your flowers drink up fresh water.
6. Avoid direct sunlight and heat!
Your cut flowers don't like the heat! They will last far longer in a cool room, out of direct sunlight and away from anything that radiates heat.
Vodka will help minimise the growth of bacteria in your flowers' water. Add just a couple of drops to the water, along with a pinch of sugar! Be sure you're still changing the water every couple of days.
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