My house has been a little less exciting and fresh lately because I had been using fake flowers for quite awhile. Although I am able to keep flowers fresh in the spring and summer, flowers are just way harder to care for in the winter! I was lucky enough to talk to the florist in my local grocery store lately and he gave me a new tip that works so well.
I just had to share it, because I never would have thought of it, plus some other tips that help my flowers last long. Usually I can have my flowers last anywhere from two to three weeks! Yes, even in the winter!
1. Use the Flower Food!
I used to think that this stuff was a gimmick…but nope! Your flowers need food to stay alive, just like every living thing on this planet. It really does make sense, but don’t use too much! That little packet is meant to last for weeks, so only use a bit. A little really can go a long way!
Be sure to dissolve the food in the water before you starting trimming flowers so that it can dissolve. If the amount of food you put in didn’t all dissolve, add more water! You don’t want the water to be too saturated, otherwise your flowers will be overfed, which also isn’t good for them.
2. Clip and Trim Flowers
Of course you want to trim the ends off your flowers so they are the right height, but it also helps with the flower being able to eat! The fresh ends make the flowers absorb the water and nutrients more easily. If you are able to, it also helps to trim your flowers even further the longer you have them to keep those ends fresh. I usually trim my flowers about once a week about half an inch more.
In addition, to keep the water fresh and not smelly (trust me on this one) you also need to remove the leaves from the stem that would be in the water. If you leave those leaves on, your water will turn brown and smelly, and your flowers will be absorbing that nasty water and die sooner! Plus it can really stink up the house, so be sure to clean off those leaves!
3. Ice, Ice, Baby
Now this is the craziest thing I thought would never work…but it does! Put ice on your flowers so they last! The reason the florist told me was because it mimics the refrigeration that the flowers have been experiencing. The warmth of your house in combination with room temp/warm water cause the flowers immediately open up, wilt, and die. He also said that it is especially effective for finicky flowers like roses.
I don’t know about any of that, that is what he told me, but I do know that using ice has changed my floral game! Also be sure to change out your water and ice every two days. If you have the time, every day would probably be best, but I usually only do it every two days!
How beautiful is flower trash!? The greens and petals I pick off my roses…so nice. Also I always take off all the petals with brown edges because they don’t look as nice, and it doesn’t seem to effect the longevity of them :). If you are interested in seeing how I make my flower arrangements, you can click here to see that post!
I hope you enjoyed these tips and learned something you hadn’t heard before about keeping flowers fresh! I am certainly no expert, but I have found these three little things helpful to keeping my flowers staying fresh longer. Here’s to pretty fresh flowers even in the winter!