Do you enjoy the bright, happy look of sunflowers on your dining room table? Or are you partial to the chic, simple vibe of white hydrangeas on your vanity? No matter what flower varieties decorate your home at The Residences at Palmer Square, these five tips will help you enjoy their beauty and fragrance a little bit longer.
1. Start with a hearty flower.
When selecting flowers, opt for heartier varieties, like hydrangeas, roses, and Stargazer lilies, all of which will typically outlive more delicate flowers. (Don't be afraid to ask your florist for a recommendation.) Steer clear of flowers with browned or bruised petals, and choose stems with a few closed buds yet to unfurl.
2. Add aspirin to the water.
You may think this is just an old wives' tale, but this tip really works! The salicylic acid in aspirin helps to destroy bacteria in the water. Just add one crushed tablet to your clean vase water before adding your stems. A small amount of bleach will have a similar effect; add about 1/4 teaspoon per quart of water.
3. Snip the stems.
Use sharp, clean garden shears or a florist's knife to cut one to two inches from the bottom of each stem before you put them in a vase. More water will be absorbed by each stem if you snip at a 45-degree angle.
4. Remove any foliage below the water line.
Leaves below the your container's water line will quickly add bacteria to the water, shortening the lifespan of your blooms. That said, be sure to strip stems of errant foliage.
5. Change the water daily.
Dirty water will kill your flowers in no time flat. Empty and refill your container every day, recutting the stems at a 45-degree angle if you have the time to do so.
· Living Well: 10 Secrets for Extending the Life of Fresh Flowers [Design Mom]
· 4 Simple and Natural Ways to Help Cut Flowers Last Longer [Apartment Therapy]
· Keep Fresh Flowers Lasting Longer with Crushed Aspirin [Lifehacker]