Your wonderful children will undoubtedly send you a bouquet of beautiful fresh cut flowers for Mother’s day. You now know that you are loved and honored. The question is how do you keep your delightful tokens of love looking fresh longer so that you may continue to enjoy them. These simple tips will help to keep those beautiful flowers healthier longer.
The first step in keeping your fresh cut Mother’s day flowers nice is to just use a bit of good common sense. You obviously need to provide your fresh cut flowers with water. As well keep them out of sweltering direct sunlight. They will last much longer if you keep them in a cool area of your home.
One of the biggest keys to success is in the way you cut the stem of your flower. Many people don’t realize that the stem of a flower not only acts like a straw sucking water into the rest of the flower but that the straw or stem reacts much like a regular drinking straw in the fact that if you remove it from the water it will hold an air bubble preventing water from passing through. The best way to prevent air bubbles and allow your fresh cut flower plenty of water is to cut the stem at at an angle while it is submerged in water. Immediately transfer the flower to a vase filled with fresh clean water.
Notice that I did say “clean”. It is important to place your fresh cut flowers in a clean vase of fresh clean water. You want to prevent Bactria from forming as it will certainly cause your flowers to wilt more quickly. Water should be changed every two days. Do not just add water. Fresh water will ward off harmful bacteria.
Your fresh cut flowers will need food. The best food for them is Listerine mouth wash. Yes you did read correctly! I said Listerine. It is good for fresh cut flowers as it has sucrose (which is essentially food for plants and flowers) and it contains a bactericide that wards of flower destroying bacteria. The product is also acidic which promotes the movement of water up the stem.
- If fresh cut flowers start to look peaked you may want to bathe them in water. First dip the tops into water them submerge the entire flower in water. Bathe them for 20 to 30 minutes. Warm water works best for domestic flowers such as roses. Cool water works best for tropical flowers.
- If the flower begins to wilt you can use tooth pics to make the tops stand beautifully again. Simple stick a small tooth pick through the stem right beneath the flower top for support. The tooth pick will be barely noticeable but will make your fresh cut flower stand at attention once again.