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Keep Your Flowers Fresh for Longer

Fresh flowers add colour and vitality to any space. Enhance their longevity and keep them looking good as long as possible. The trick? Minimise growth of bacteria in the water and to provide nourishment to the flowers. We tell you how:

Before arranging flowers, cut off about half inch of the stems under running water at a 45 degree angle. Doing this under water prevents extra air from going into the stems.

Wash your vase in soapy water and rinse well before setting your flowers. Microorganisms translate into dead flowers and slimy water.

Place your vases away from the sun and try and train some cool breeze over them – the AC or the fan. Make it a habit to move them to a cooler spot every night.

Change the water every day (or every other day for sure) to keep the flowers fresh longer. While making the change, trim a bit from the stems to help the flowers receive a steady supply of nutrients and water.

Mix 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar into the water in the vase before putting in the flowers. Or else, add a couple of crushed aspirin to the water.

Got some cola left over after last night’s part? Pour about 1/4 cup into the water in a vase full of cut flowers. The sugar will make the flowers last longer. If you’re using a clear vase, use a clear soda like Sprite.

Get that bottle of hair spray from your bathroom and spritz cut flowers with it from a foot away. The blooms will stay fresh longer.

Add 1/4 teaspoon bleach per litre of vase water. A variation is 3 drops bleach and 1 teaspoon sugar in a litre of water. Both supposedly keep the water from getting muddy and hinder the growth of bacteria.

Another home-made preservative for flowers: Dissolve 3 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons white vinegar per litre of warm water. The sugar provides nourishment, the vinegar inhibits growth of bacteria.

It’s not just you who like vodka. Your flowers do too. Add a few drops to the vase water for antibacterial action along with 1 teaspoon sugar. Change the water every other day, re-adding the vodka and sugar every time.

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