If you follow me on Instagram then you probably know how much I love fresh flowers. I usually pick up my fresh bouquets at the Farmer’s Market on Sundays or at the Flower Mart on Monday mornings.
Fresh flowers can brighten up any living space, and with the proper care, you can prolong their lifespan. Here are nine steps to keep your beautiful blooms alive longer.
Step 1: Add 1 quart warm water to a clean vase.
Step 2: Pour 2 Tbsp sugar into the water. The sugar will help nourish the flowers and promote opening of the blooms.
Step 3: Add 2 Tbsp white vinegar and stir well. The vinegar helps inhibit the growth of bacteria and keeps your flowers fresher longer. If you don’t have vinegar and/or sugar, lemon-lime soda (like Sprite) mixed with the water will do the same thing.
Step 4: Remove all lower leaves from flowers so there won’t be any in the water.
Step 5: Cut 1 to 2 inches off the stems at an angle while they are under water.
Step 6: Arrange your flowers in the vase.
Step 7: Display your bouquet in a cool, draft-free area. Avoid direct sunlight, which causes the flowers to die more quickly.
Step 8: Change the water every other day and re-cut the stems each time.
Step 9: Enjoy your long-lasting fresh flowers!