Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 14. What is the number 1 gift given on Mother’s Day? My guess is flowers. And what mom is going to turn down a beautiful bouquet on Sunday? I know that I wouldn’t! But don’t you wish they didn’t die so quickly? Sometimes if feels like the minute you get them in a vase they begin to wilt. Here are a few tips on how to make your Mother’s Day flowers, or any flowers for that matter, last longer.
First of all, you need to make sure your vases and vessels are clean. Clean enough to drink from. Don’t get lazy because it’s just a flower vase. Each time you use one you should wash it in warm, soapy water just like you would your dishes. My glass vases I even throw in the dishwasher, if they read “dishwasher safe”.
Your flowers may come straight form a florist. If not and you have wonderful children who bring you home a HUGE bouquet from the local farmer’s market (hint, hint) you have to take care of them immediately. Snip and strip the stems and place in cool, clean water until you are ready to arrange them.
Most of the time, a bouquet will come with that little packet of flower food. Use it! It works! This packet of powder really does make your flowers last longer. If you don’t get that little pack of flower power, I have heard that you can use lemon juice and sugar. Both need to be used sparingly. 1 oz of lemon juice per liter of water and just a pinch of sugar should do the trick.
Change the water when it starts to get dark. I feel like this is a no-brainer. If the water gets dark then that’s what your flowers are drinking. Would you want to drink dark water? Me either!
Pull out dying stems so they don’t make the water gross. This goes back to that dark water thing. Once stems begin to perish, they darken the water with their bacteria. That bacteria infects the other flowers causing them to begin to die as well. Try to make your Mother’s Day flowers last longer by clearing out the dying ones.
Mother’s Day bouquets come in all shapes and sizes, from the sweet little bunch of weeds your little one picks at the park, to the billowing blooms straight from the florist shop. However your flowers arrive, I hope that they are the best flowers ever and that these tips show you how to make your Mother’s Day flowers last longer.