Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Keeping Flowers Fresh

Happy Belated Mother's Day!
Did you get flowers for Mother's Day?, or do you know a Mom who got flowers? I ran across these tips from Woman's Day on how to keep your flowers living longer using common household items.
Perfectly Pink from Illusio Creative for $20.00

The following tips were taken from Woman's Day:

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 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 boquet 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 flowers!

Other Pointers:
• Tulips grow a few inches after they are cut and will continue to grow toward the closest light source.

•Hyacinths should not be cut down off the bulb. They actually last longer if left on the bulb.

• Daffodils should not be put in a vase with other flowers. They secrete a substance that kills other flowers when in the same vase.

Thank you for reading the Happy Day Vintage Blog
Have a Happy Day!
Dana Douglas

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