Tips for Long-Lasting Bouquets

Do you love a bouquet made up of beautiful flowers?  I do.  Especially when someone special gives them to you.

However, there is nothing quite as disappointing to see our beautiful cut flowers begin to droop and fade just a couple of days.But do not despair.  There are quite a few things that you can do to help your flowers last a long time.

First off, start off with a clean vase and a quart of lukewarm water.  Then pick out one of the following ‘recipes’ to add to the water before adding your cut flowers.  (Most of the following tips involve using products that you probably already have around your home).

1. Add 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon sugar and a 1/4 teaspoon of bleach and mix in a quart of warm water and add to your vase.  The acid from the lemon juice helps the water to move up the stems.  The sugar causes flower buds to open soon and last longer and the bleach keeps bacteria and fungi from growing.

2. This solution is similar to the one above.  Mix one part lemon-lime soda (NOT diet soda)  to 3 parts water and a 1/4 teaspoon of bleach to a quart of water and add to vase.  The soda adds acidity and sugar for the flowers and the bleach helps to retard bacteria and fungi.

3. Put a single charcoal briquet (untreated) in the bottom of your vase and add water.  The charcoal helps to keep mold from forming and deodorizes as well.

4. Use the floral preservative that often comes with your bouquet.  However, they are not usually as effective as using one of the solutions above and can be expensive when bought alone.

**Aspirin and vinegar have often been used in the past to help prolong the life of cut flowers, but they are not as effective as using one of the solutions above.

Before adding your flowers to the water, cut off about an inch from the bottom of each stem under water, which helps to ensure that no air enters the stem.

Lastly, place your bouquet in a cool area out of the sun and enjoy the long-lasting beauty of your flowers :-)

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