Valentines day is this weekend and that means flowers for many of you! Fun fact…flowers account for 80% of the gifts given on Valentine’s day. Like many beautiful things however they don’t last forever, so here’s how you can make your valentines flowers last from the get go with some simple steps.
- Make sure you clean the container you’ll be using with soap before filling it with water. This reduces the chance of introducing bacteria that will essentially eat up your flowers like they’re a beautiful salad.
- Fill the container 2/3 of the way up with room temperature water. No, your flowers don’t think cold water is refreshing.
- Use the flower nutrient packet that comes with the flowers. If you don’t have one, the best home remedies to add to your water are clear soda (about a 1/4 cup) or vodka (just a few drops).
- Cut off at least a 1/2 inch of the stems at a 45 ° angle under water. The angle helps the flowers intake more water and cutting it under water prevents them from sucking in air when you make the cut. (Tip: when trimming cut the flowers to fit your container, there shouldn’t be tons of stem showing. Vary the heights as well with the tallest at the center and taper them down around the edge. We’ll do a post some other time on the art of arranging your flowers)
- Trim off any leaves that will be below the water line.
- Pick a spot you can enjoy your fresh flowers every day but avoid the following…
- Direct sunlight
- Cold drafts
- Fruit (as fruit ripens it gives off ethylene gas that can make flowers wilt eek)
- Remove any wilting or fallen leaves daily and check that the water hasn’t dried up.
- Retrim the stems and change the water every couple of days (or at least once a week like I’m guilty of).
- As the arrangement thins out over time, swap the container for a smaller one or a jar that is more appropriate in size. Usually I’ll start with a full bouquet and by the end of the month (yup 3-4 weeks) I have 1-2 flowers in a small juice glass.
Most importantly, take a moment to enjoy your flowers every day because that’s what they are there for after all!