Keeping flowers beautiful and fresh is sometimes a struggle. There’s nothing more discouraging than bringing vivicous blooms into your home only to have them wilt mere days later. & as graduations and Mother’s Day quickly approach, perserving a bouquet has never been more essential. Whether a congradulatory gift or a just an every day simple pleasure, I’ve learned knowing how to care for your posies can lead to a happier you and a more cheery home.
Attempting to live on my own during this first post grad year (woo! class of 2015!), I’ve found home is not just a place to sleep, but a place to unwind and relax. Fresh floral blooms give our apartment a cherry ambience that keeps the workflow grump at bay (at least while at home). I’ve learned, at least as a nurse, the importance of leaving your work AT work. While I appreciate not all career choices have this option, it’s essential to replenish your emotional bucket before returning to work. In this way, your patients and coworkers see the most patient, empathetic, and balanced side of you – which worktime stress can sometimes eclipse.
Flowers aid in my stress rejuvination, which is why their longevity is essential. With some reserarch and experience over the past year, I’ve found some easy ways to perserve the pretty.
Just like Mother always said, be sure to cut your stems at a 45 degree angle. Fresh cut stems ensure that the flowers can adequately absorb water and stay perky.
A Quick Drink
Place stems immediately in water. The longer your stems are away from their favorite drink, the faster the petals and stems loose their turgor, making them sad and wilted. An easy way to transport blooms or to keep them fresh while away from home is wrapping the stems in a wet, but not soaking, paper towel.
Grooming your flowers is a fast and essential way to perserve flowers. Pluck and remove any wilted or softened flowers that are visibly struggling. This not only improves aesthetic, but also ensures that the rest of your flowers stay healthy. Think of the wilted flowers like someone with a cold, having a contagious bloom may increase its friend’s chances of falling ill.
Clean Water & Bacteria Reduction
Cloudy or murky water is an indiction of bateria growth, which is the main killer of flower friends. Make sure the water is refilled and changed whenever it’s looking shady (about every three days). The packets of “flower food” held reduce bacteria as well – as it contains biocides (bacteria assassins). Other ways to reduce growth are keeping your blooms out of direct sunlight and away from warm places.
Besides fresh water, I’ve found one particular simple trick increases longevity by reducing bacterial load. Adding a penny into your fresh water can aid in the elimination of bacteria growth, perserving your blooms. As easy as a reach in your pocket, remember to make a wish!
If your fridge space allows it, chilling your flowers overnight works wonders for perservation. Most florists keep their arrangments in fridges to reduce bacteria growth, which is exactly why doing it home works wonders.
Whether you’re keeping Mom’s flowers fresh for the weekend or saving the congratulatory blooms from 4 years of hard work, keeping your flowers pretty and fresh is easy. Just a little fresh water and TLC helps reduce bacteria and increase the beauty of your home. I do the same with extra herbs – cutting the stems, chilling, dropping a penny and changing the water also keeps my food fresh and delicious.
To those graduating- congratulations on your hard work and acheivement. It’s an exciting & stressful year full of wonderful personal discoveries, like the beauty of a simple boquet as a stress reliever. & to mothers everywhere I hope your day is filled with blooms as beautiful and cheery as you!