Nothing can make you smile like receiving a beautiful bouquet of lilies or hydrangeas. Both these flowers are best known for their long shelf life and will brighten your home for days if not weeks, as long as they are kept well hydrated. When you buy flowers online, you can pick from the many colours that lilies and hydrangeas are available in. Here are a few tips to help keep them fresh for a long time.
Rehydrate the flowers
Both these stunning flowers need a lot of water. Unlike roses and carnations, it may not be enough to simply put them in a vase with a cup of water. When you receive a bouquet of these flowers, you need to first rehydrate them. For this, fill a bucket with cool water and submerge the bouquet in it. Leave aside for 3-4 hours so that the stems can soak up water and the blooms can be hydrated property.
Even after you’ve transferred the flowers to a vase, you can repeat this step every 2-3 days. With this process, the flowers may live for up to 2 weeks!
Trim the stems
When leaves are underwater, they start to rot. This will not only make the water cloudy, it will also breed bacteria that can harm your flowers. Hence, before you place your flowers in a vase, you will need to trim the stems. Remove any foliage that you feel will be submerged in your vase. Avoid pulling the leaves off and cut them with a sharp knife instead. When it comes to lilies, leave at least 4 sets of leaves above the water level to nourish buds that are yet to open.
Next, cut 1-2 inches off the bottom of the stems by cutting them at an angle of 45-degrees. This will increase the surface area of the stem from where the flowers can absorb water. If possible, do this trimming while the stalk is under water. This keeps air bubbles from entering the stem and blocking the flower’s water supply. Hydrangea stems have a tendency to produce sap that blocks their pores. To protect the flowers from this, you could poke small holes in the stem.
DIY Floral Preservatives
Now that your flowers are ready, you can arrange them in a vase. Water is the basic requirement for all cut flowers. To make your flowers live longer, you can add flower preservatives to the water. If you cannot find this at your florist, you can make your own flower preservative. All you need to do is mix together 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon household bleach. Mix this in the water and place your flowers in the vase.
Refresh the Flowers
The life of online flowers
depends largely on how they are cared for. Reconditioning your flowers every 2-3 days can help. All you need to do to keep them looking fresh is change the water, add more DIY flower preservative and re-cut the stems. This time, you do not need to cut too much off. The aim here is mainly to keep the pores open so that the flowers can quench their thirst. Also, remember to remove dead flowers and buds as they appear.
Flowers need care and pruning but they also give so much joy. That’s why bouquets are considered the most popular gift for birthdays, anniversaries and even when you’re simply dropping over to a friend’s home for dinner. Now you know how you can make these gorgeous presents last longer.