Why you should buy yourself flowers every week (it’s a form of self-care), and how to make fresh cut flowers last longer in five easy steps.
Here is How to Make Fresh Cut Flowers Last Longer
I took a flower arranging class once, and although it was incredibly long ago, I walked away with some valuable pro-tips that have really helped keep my fresh cut flowers last longer.
Even if your bouquet is already sitting pretty in a vase, it’s not too late to help those stems stay upright for just a little bit longer, with these quick tips.
- Start with a clean vase, and cold water.
- Cut the stems of your flowers diagonally. Every other day, if not daily, re-cut the stems again, always diagonally.
- Remove all foliage and leaves from the stems that will be submerged in water. Clean stems help keep the water in the vase clear and free of bacteria and mold.
- Add a few drops of bleach to the water. Or add a teaspoon of the flower food that came with your flowers. ( Not the entire packet!)
- Change the water every other day, re-cut the stems and add a few drops of bleach each time, or a teaspoon from the flower food packet.
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