Keep Cut Flowers Fresh
Nothing lifts a room like fresh flowers,
but they can be expensive. Here are
ten tips to help you get the best out of
- Buy flowers still in bud. You get
the pleasure of watching them open
and they will have a longer vase life
than those bought in full bloom.
- When you get your flowers home,
strip off any leaves that will be below
the water line, cut off the bottoms of
the stems and give them a good long
drink of lukewarm water.
- Add a few drops of household
bleach to the flower water to guard
against the slime caused by bacteria
and add a spoonful of sugar instead
of commercially produced flower food.
- Woody stemmed flowers like roses
benefit from having the bottoms of their
stems crushed and then split to help
them take up water.
- Bulb flowers such as daffodils should
have their stems snipped across at an
angle. Washing away the sticky white
secretion will lengthen their life too.
- To stop tulips flopping over, wrap
the bunch tightly in wet newspaper
and leave them in two to three inches
of water for about one and a half hours.
Push small pins through the stems
just below the flower heads and they
will stay soldier straight.
- Don't leave flowers in warm rooms
overnight. Extend their life by putting
them in the coldest room in the house
while you are asleep.
- Improvise vases for any occasion
by wrapping bottles, jars or plastic
containers with tissue paper, fabric
or coloured net, tied with ribbon, raffia
or cord. Tiny flower prints or gingham
for a casual country look, swagged silky
fabric, bright or pastel tissue paper for
more formal occasions. Or overlap shiny
leaves around the outside of a glass and tie
with raffia before arranging your flowers inside.
- Place your floral arrangement in front
of a mirror and it will look twice as big
- Finally don't forget to top up your
vases with fresh water every day for
long lasting displays.
© Colleen Moulding 2000
Colleen Moulding is a freelance writer living in the south of England. She is also owner/editor of
a magazine, web guide and resource for women everywhere.
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