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Keep your flowers fresh

by Well Polished Melton Mowbray, Jul 2016

Everyone loves the sight (and smell) of fresh flowers in their home. However, with most varieties of flowers only lasting just shy of a week – is there a way to maximise the life expectancy of our blooming beauties?

A couple of tips that we might have all heard before:

1. Remove all leaves that are submerged in the water
2. Trim the stems regularly
3. Refresh the water
4. Use a flower preservative
5. Remove wilted flowers

But here’s a few more obscure tricks that according to The Daily Mail, ensure your flowers live longer!

1. Pop a shiny penny at the bottom of the vase! The copper in the penny is said to act as a natural antibacterial agent, stopping bacteria from forming on the stems.
2. A teaspoon of vodka in with the water (repeated every 3 days). Alcohol is a known antibacterial agent, so it should kill bacteria on the stems.
3. One crushed aspirin disolved in the water. Aspirin contains the naturally-occurring salicylic acid, which discourages bacteria and helps the flow of water through the flower.
4. 1/4 of a cup of fizzy pop! The sugar in the soda will make the blossoms last longer.
5. A quick spritz of hairspray on the undersides of the leaves and petals. Just as it preserves your hairstyle, hair spray can help your cut flowers look fresh longer.

Whether you’re partial to a bouquet of roses, lilies, Hydrangeas, tulips or sunflowers – these tips should help your favourite flower bloom impressively for hopefully longer than a week!