Taking Care of Mother’s Day Flowers


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Mother’s Day presents come in a number of different forms. But chances are you received a bouquet of flowers along with your brunch (and hopefully no household appliances!). Now you have a problem: how do you keep those flowers looking fresh and beautiful? We’ve gathered up some tips to help keep your mother’s day flowers- and memories- fresh for as long as possible.

1. Re-cut Your Flowers

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Before putting your flowers in a vase, cut the bottom of the stems. To do this, hold the stems under running water. The water will prevent air from entering the stems, thereby damaging them. Next, use a scissors held at a 45 degree angle to remove about an inch from the bottom. This will help the flowers absorb water and last longer.

2. Make Sure Your Vase is Clean

Dirty vases may contain bacteria that help to speed the decay of your fresh flowers. To avoid this, make sure your vase has been thoroughly washed before filling it with your new flowers. In addition, make sure to remove any petals or leaves that fall into the water as your flowers age. This will also help to prevent the growth of flower-killing bacteria.

3. Keep Your Flowers in a Cool Place

Make sure your vase is out of the direct sunlight, and far away from any heaters or exposed light bulbs. Cool air will help to preserve your flowers.

4. Feed Your Flowers

Yes- your flowers need food too. If you don’t want to buy commercial flower preservative, you can mix it up on your own. Here’s one recipe from the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County:

  • 2 tbs. of lemon juice
  • 1 tbs. sugar
  • ¼ tsp. bleach
  • ¼ quart warm water

Just pour this into your vase. Add an additional ¼ tsp. of bleach every 4 days.

These tips will help keep your flowers fresh for longer.  We hope you had a great Mother’s Day!

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