An easy way to brighten your day is to display fresh flower arrangements in your home. Unfortunately fresh flowers don't stay fresh for long. If you have received a beautiful arrangement or just bought one for yourself, you'll want to get the most life out of the bouquet. Here are five easy ways to make flowers last longer.
1. Buy sturdy flowers. Some flowers are just heartier than others. The less delicate the flower, the longer it will last. Opt for roses, hydrangeas, and Stargazer lilies. Don't buy any flowers that are already bruised or have browned petals. If you're not sure, ask the florist for a recommendation.
2. Add Aspirin to water. Before you put the flowers in a vase, add one crushed Aspirin to the water. The salicylic acid in the tablet keeps bacteria from forming. Bleach works in the same way, add about 1/4 tsp. per quart of water.
3. Trim your flowers. Snip the bottom of the stems, about one to two inches, with clean, sharp garden clippers. Make sure you cut at a 45 degree angle. This gives each flower a larger surface area to absorb water.
4. Remove leaves below water line. If there are any leaves or petals that fall below the water line, remove them. These pieces of errant foliage will decay faster and promote bacteria in the water which will kill the flowers.
5. Keep the flowers in fresh water. Each day the water should be replaced with new, clean water. Every few days, recut the flower's stems.
· 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]