Check the water level in the vase daily and make sure there’s plenty of water for the flowers to drink. If the water turns cloudy dump it out, sanitize your vase, and add fresh water (& flower food if you have any).
Every few days, remove the flowers from their vase and re-cut the stems at an angle. Use a sharp knife or scissors and avoid crushing or piercing the stems (this can destroy the water vessels in the stem & prevent water from getting up the stem to the petals where water is needed).
To extend the life of your flowers, refrigerate them overnight (yes, put the whole arrangement in your fridge). During the day keep them out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources & fruit (ethylene gas makes them wilt).
the three ingredients are sucrose, citric acid, and biocide. In english:
SUGAR: Flowers produce sugar during photosynthesis and when they're cut, as are their food pipelines. Sugar is literally the 'food' that the cut flowers eat.
ACID: this lowers the water's pH level, which allows water to travel faster & reduce wilting in blooms
& BLEACH: sugar invites the growth of bacteria & microorganisms that are also looking for a snack. bleach keeps bacteria from clouding up the water and hindering the stems water uptake.
Don't have any flower food packets? There are a few different at home recipes I've seen (including one that leaves out the sugar all together and advocates for 1 part vodka to 3 parts water), but I haven't had particularly stellar luck with any of them. The best way to ensure your blooms last a long time is to frequently change the water, sanitize the vase with bleach and trim the ends of the stems so they continue to drink water.
The name hydrangea is derived from Greek and means 'water vessel' and it's no secret that they need a lot of water to maintain their fluffy appearance. To perk up a prematurely wilting hydrangea here are a few easy options:
You can't rush perfection. But, you can give it a gentle nudge. If you want a tulip, rose, or peony to open up a bit, give the stem a fresh cut & place it in a vase with warm to hot (110 degrees Fahrenheit) water for 15 minutes. Warm water is absorbed faster than cooler water and should help the blooms open up a bit. Once the flower starts to open to your desired level, return it to the vase with the rest of your bouquet.
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