Heat wave got you fresh flowers wilting?

These tips can keep them perky for longer.

Received a wonderful bouquet but not sure how to keep it looking fresh for as long as possible? Here are some tips to help keep fresh flowers at their best for a week or more.

  • Bacteria can quickly destroy fresh flowers, which is why it’s important to use a clean vase. Any floral foam, wires or frogs used in your arrangement must also be washed in warm, soapy water.
  • Remove any lower leaves that may come in contact with water inside the vase.
  • Carefully trim each flower stem at a 90-degree angle. It may also be helpful to cut flowers while they are underwater to keep moisture flowing into the stems.
  • Keep your arrangement out of direct sunlight. The darker and cooler the room, the longer your blossoms will bloom.
  • Adding a crushed aspirin, vinegar, sugar or penny to the vase are age-old tricks. However, you can keep bacteria at bay and help flowers thrive by adding a packet of flower food to the water. It can be found at your local florist or home improvement store.

Flowers still require water, food and care after they are cut. Every two to three days, be sure to change the water, replenish the flower food and recut the stems for additional days of glorious color.

Find more ideas for freshening up your indoor spaces at eLivingtoday.com.

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