One of the great benefits of having your own garden is all the beautiful blooms you have at your disposal. Whether it’s just for your own enjoyment or you want to decorate for a special occasion, just gather up your garden and put those flowers to work. Your own blooms can be used in vases, jars, baskets and even bridal bouquets. With a little practice you will be amazed at what you can do with a bit of pretty ribbon and lace.
A fresh bouquet of flowers in any room brings it alive and simply makes it a cheerier space to be in. Buying flowers is far from inexpensive, better to use your own fresh blooms. Follow the tips below to help your blooms stay fresh and attractive for a long time.
How to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh
- Pick your flowers carefully, only pick those that are fresh and healthy. You want to start with a good product.
- Once picked they should be placed in water as soon as possible, I actually take a bucket of water with me when I go into the garden.
- Bring your blooms indoors and cut the flower stems with an angled cut at the stem end using clean sharp scissors or a knife. If stems are woody use your scissors to give them split ends, but do not mash them. This is why your scissors need to be sharp. Also strip any lower leaves off the stems.
- Place your flowers in a bucket of water and allow them to soak up water for a couple of hours before you arrange them.
- Add a teaspoon of vinegar to the vase water which will help the flowers take up the water and also kill decay-causing bacteria.
- Make sure all your buckets, vases, scissors and knives are clean to reduce the risk of bacteria.
- To prevent bacterial decay change the water in your vase every 2 days. Your flowers will smell fresher, the stems will not get clogged and will absorb water better.
- If your up to the task, cutting flower tips every few days will help your flowers stay fresher.
- Place your vase away from direct hot or cold drafts if indoors and out of harsh direct sunlight.
- Most of all, take the time to sit and relax to enjoy your fresh cut flowers.
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