When my grandmother asked me to plan a renewal ceremony for her and my grandfather, I was honored. She gave me free reign over what was going to happen on the big day. It was to be held on their 50th anniversary at their church, but the rest of the planning was left to me. I took her old wedding pictures and started thinking about what I could do to make that day truly special. That's when I decided to have the flower arrangements made to look just like the ones from the first wedding. It took some digging, but I found out enough about florists to make this part of the planning easy. Learn more about how to replicate flowers from past eras.
There are few better gifts to receive on a special occasion than a small collection (or bouquet) of flowers. Sometimes, even buying yourself flowers to improve your mood is a good idea. However, once you bring the flowers home, deciding what to do with them can be a very annoying process. Luckily, following these three tips will allow your flowers to last significantly longer in a vase than normal.
Buy Some Calla Lilies
Not all flowers can last the same amount of time away from a patch of soil and in a vase. Some cheaper flowers like ordinary lilies can only last up to a week at most, while more rare and expensive calla lilies can last up to several months.
If you're buying the flowers yourself, always consult with a florist at a shop like Marine Florists about how long you can expect them to last. If you received flowers as a gift, simply use the internet to look up the "stats" for them.
Use Colloidal Silver On Your Flowers
Colloidal silver is a substance you can put in a flower vase's water to kill off bacteria and make the flowers last much longer than normal. This is an ideal solution to your flower troubles if you run a shop or office and want to keep as many live plants as possible to impress your clients.
The disadvantage of this solution is the high cost involved in acquiring the necessary equipment. So if you just want to put some flowers on your kitchen counter every once in awhile, just getting some new flowers from the florist or grocery store is fine.
Clean Out The Vase Frequently And Disinfect The Table
This is a very simple tip, but it happens to be one that few bother to follow. If you don't clean out the vase as often as you can reasonably manage, slimy bacteria will build up in its interior. This bacteria will get inside the holes at the bottoms of the flowers' stems. As a result, the plants will get infected and die quickly.
It's also important to keep the area around the vase as free from germs as possible. In particular, don't leave any fruit that isn't completely fresh near the vase. This is important because chemicals that occur naturally in ripening and wilting fruit can be very dangerous to flowers.
Last but not least, it's a very good idea to disinfect the table or counter the vase is sitting on at least once every few days. As long as the bacterial threat is kept at bay, even cheap flowers can last much longer than expected.