Whoever said `beautiful things don’t last forever’ must have been thinking about fresh-cut flowers. Because even as they’re looking beautiful in a vase display in your living room, the sad truth is they’re dying. The dying process began as soon as their stems were cut, but it is still possible to hold onto that beauty for a whole lot longer by treating cut flowers to some tender loving care. And choosing them well:
# 1: Buy Your Flowers From A Busy Florist
If you’re buying flowers for a party at home or to gift somebody, try to choose a really busy florist. That way, you won’t be selecting a less-than-fresh bunch because the shop has a lot of customers, and therefore the flowers have a higher probability of being fresh.
# 2: Keep Stems Moist While Coming Home
Don’t wait to put the flowers in water after you bring them home. Ask your florist to wrap each stem in wet paper towel before you take them out of the shop.
# 3: Trim The Stems For A Fresh Cut
Though florists keep flowers watered, the ends of the stems could be dried out and therefore unable to absorb enough water. Always re-cut the ends yourself – at a 45 degree angle – before placing in water.
# 4: The Trimming Is Best Done UnderWater
Hold the stems under a flowing tap while cutting, to prevent air from leaking in. Also, it does sounds like a lot of chore, but regularly trimming the end is very beneficial to the health and longevity of your flower arrangement.
#5: Take Leaves Off The Bottom Of Stems
Before you put the flowers in water, make sure to take off all the leaves that will be submerged. It will help keep the water clear and not require frequent changing.
# 6: Always Use A Clean Vase
Don’t just pick out an empty vase from the shelf and fill it with water. Make sure that you wash it again with soap and warm water to remove any invisible bacterial agent lingering inside that can flourish when water and flowers stems are introduced.
#7: Keep Your Flower Arrangement Cool
Flowers stay fresh in cooler temperatures, so try to avoid direct sunlight or sources of heat like fireplaces and heat vents. If the weather is really hot, slip a cube of ice in the vase. Your flowers will surely thank you for the relief!
# 8: Add Clear Sodas Like 7-Up Or Sprite
Non-diet clear sodas help cut flower stay fresh for longer. Add about ½ cup of soda to the water in the vase, and enjoy your blooms for several extra days.
#9: Spritz Your Blooms With Hair Spray
Aim the nozzle of your hair spray bottle upwards, and – very lightly — spray the bouquet from the bottom, catching the underside of the petals and leaves from a little distance away.
# 10: Add Apple Cider Vinegar And Sugar
Mix apple cider vinegar and sugar in equal parts and fill ¼ of the vase with it. Top up with water. Remember to empty the vase and pour in a new mix every few days.
PLAYING FAVORITES: OUR TOP 3 FLORIST SHOPS IN NASHVILLE
A Village Of Flowers
1712 21st Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212
Located in Hillsboro Village in the heart of Nashville, this charming, high-end flower shop sources seasonal flowers from local Tennessee growers whenever possible to make unique floral arrangements that are designed with the nature of the occasion in mind. Owners Paul and Melissa Seykora have a deep passion for flowers and harness in their power to spread cheerfulness and positivity with arrangements that are truly one-of-a-kind.
2412 West End Ave. Nashville, TN 37203
Since as far back as 1877, Joy’s Flowers has been serving the Nashville area, and is deeply committed to the community they live and serve in. Conveniently located next to the Vanderbilt University, they deliver their flower arrangements, dish gardens and gourmet fruit and snack baskets to the entire metro area, from Franklin to Cool Springs.
The White Orchid
992 Davidson Dr, Suite 99, Nashville, TN 37205
Two professional florists, Michael Bryan and Jerry Gabbard, joined their love for nature when they relocated to Nashville to open the White Orchid – a marketplace of fresh flowers, scented candles, gifts and home décor. Was voted “Best Florist” in 2015 by the Toast Of Music City readers’ poll.