How to make fresh flowers last longer
There are a number of simple steps you can take to help your cut flowers last longer:
- When first cutting the stems of your flowers, use a very sharp knife and cut the stems an angle of about 45 degrees. By doing this you will not crush the vessels which draw the water up the stems.
- Always keep the water level topped up so your stems do not become dry.
- Be sure to add the flower food to the water. If you have no flower food, make your own using half a teaspoon of sugar, the same ammount of lemon juice or vinegar and again half a teaspoon of light bleach for each litre of water.
- Fresh flowers last longest when they are below room temperature. Keeping flowers in the refridgerator would be pointless because they couldnt be seen, but try to place them in a cool spot. Never place your fresh flowers on top of a refrigerator, or beside a radiator or heating vent. where there might be a warm draft.