If you love having fresh flowers around the house but you hate how quickly they die, it's time to take matters into your own hands. You might not realise this, but there are quite a few do-it-yourself methods you can use to extend the life of your freshly cut flowers. Here are several of the methods you can use to help you enjoy your flowers for more than a few days.
Give Them Some Spare Change
If you want your flowers to last longer than a few days, try dropping some coins into the bottom of the vase. Most Australian coins contain a generous amount of copper, which is what flowers need to maintain their blossoms. Flowers usually start to die as soon as they're cut. The bacteria that grows in the water speeds up the process. Copper helps to stop the growth of bacteria, which extends the life of your fresh-cut flowers.
Give Them a Splash of Bleach
If you want to enjoy your fresh-cut flowers for as long as possible, give them a splash of bleach. You might have noticed that the water in your flower vase will start to turn cloudy and green in just a few days. The discolouration is from bacteria in the water, and from the mould that can grow on the stems of your flowers. One way to stop the discolouration and mould is to add a splash of bleach to the water inside the flower vase.
Give Them a Quick Spritz
If you want your fresh-cut flowers to hold their blossoms and their colour longer give them a quick spritz as soon as you get them. Spritzing the blossoms with hair spray will help your fresh flowers retain their colourful blossoms. For maximum benefit, you want to spray the underside of the blossoms. The best way to do that is to hold the vase above your head, and gently spritz the underside of the flowers.
Give Them a Shot
Finally, if you want to enjoy your fresh flowers for as long as possible, give them a shot of the hard stuff. You might not know this, but alcohol has antibacterial properties that can help to preserve your fresh flowers. Simply add about a teaspoon of any clear alcohol, such as vodka, to the vase. The alcohol will kill the bacteria before it has a chance to grow.
Help your flowers last their longest. Use the tips provided here to extend the life of your fresh-cut floral arrangements.