5 Simple Tips to Making Those Beautiful Flowers Last Longer

Flower BouquetIt's not every day that a lady gets flowers. Whether they're from some special someone or you're buying them on your own, the added pop of color brightens up the home and has a certain way of making us all feel special. That's why there's no bigger bummer than when you finally get fresh flowers into your home, settle them into the perfect vase, and then within 24 hours, they're kaput.

So how do you change that? What's the big secret to getting fresh flowers to last for days on end? Check out these 5 easy tips to making fresh flowers last:

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1. Put your flowers in water ASAP: Once you trim the stems of your bouquet on a diagonal angle, immediately place the flowers into water.

Flower_Bouquet_Lasting_Tips2. Aspirin: This one's new to me. Simply crush up an aspirin and put it into the water before adding in your fresh flowers.

3. Hairspray: Just like your strands, flowers will stand taller if you give them a quick spritz to stay put. Reader's Digest suggests standing about a foot away and spraying the bouquet on the undersides of the petals and leaves.

4. Don't overcrowd your bouquet: You want to make sure that air can circulate between each of the buds. If you use a vase that's too small, the flowers won't be able to breathe and may become bruised.

5. Use a little soda: Pour about a quarter cup of soda into your water to make your flowers last longer. For aesthetic reasons, I would choose something on the clearer side like seltzer or Sprite.

Do you have any tips or tricks of your own?

 

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