Could You Get More from Your Money When Buying Cut Flowers?

There is something quite annoying about buying a bunch of beautiful cut flowers, arranging them in a vase in your home or at work, only to have them die days later. You spent a fair amount of money on those blooms, and you want to get your money's worth. The best way to do this is to choose flowers with a long lifespan and then give them a helping hand.  

Which Flowers Last a Long Time

How long your flowers last depends on how you care for them and the type of flower they are. Four flowers which have long life spans include:

  1. Freesia. These blooms can last seven to ten days under the right conditions. This involves trimming the stems back every two days.
  2. Tulip. With enough food and care, tulips can also last seven to ten days.
  3. Carnation. These colourful flowers can last 14 to 21 days. Care for them properly and they'll brighten up your life for three weeks.
  4. Chrysanthemum. These sweet little flowers can last a whopping 25 to 30 days. If the other flowers in a bouquet have wilted, takes the chrysanthemums out and they'll stay fresh for you.  

Homemade Flower Food

The best way to keep flowers healthy and looking their best for longer is to change their water every few days, remembering to add flower food each time. Your flowers need to be nourished, as they would if they hadn't been cut. Many bouquets come with their own flowers food, but this only lasts until the water is changed. Here are some tricks for making your own flower food.

  • Fizzy drinks. Pour some leftover fizzy drinks into the vase. The sugar in the drink gives the flowers extra food and keeps them fresh for longer. If you have a clear vase, try using clear coloured fizzy drinks.
  • Apple cider vinegar and sugar. If you don't have any leftover fizzy drinks, try mixing two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with two tablespoons of sugar in the vase to feed the flowers.
  • Vodka and sugar. Again, if you don't have any apple cider vinegar, try using a clear spirit such as vodka with the sugar instead. The antibacterial nature of the alcohol will also help to stop the flowers from rotting.
  • Crushed aspirin. One crushed aspirin in the vase water can feed your flowers and help to keep them healthy for longer.
  • Pennies and sugar. If your cupboards are bare then search around the sofa for a dropped copper penny or two and drop these into the vase instead, with a tablespoon of sugar. The copper helps to balance the pH of the water which stops the growth of bacteria and the sugar is the necessary nourishment for keeping the flowers healthy.  

Next time you buy cut flowers, try one of these tricks and see how long your blooms last. For more information, contact Erindale Florist

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