Spring Flowers – Decorating and Preserving cut flowers

Beautiful Spring flowers are filling Richmond, VA homes right now. Whether you are trying to preserve your Mother’s Day bouquet or stretch out the life of those gorgeous blooms from the market, we’ve got tips for you!

  1. Cut your flower stems under running water with a sharp knife and be sure to make the cut at an angle. Remove leaves that will fall below the water line.
  2. Use lukewarm water for most cut flowers. They will soak up more warm water and therefore stay green longer. Use cold water for flowers that come from bulbs like tulips.
  3. Too much sun in Richmond, VA homes will cause fresh flowers to wilt. Keep them in a cool spot to preserve the vibrant colors and fragrance.
  4. Keep your spring flowers away from fresh fruit because the natural gas they release will age your flowers.
  5. Replace water at least every other day, feed your plants and re-cut stems.

Flower food is the most reliable method for feeding your fresh cut stems and prolonging their beauty. However, here are a few DIY tricks you may want to try:

  1. Add 2 tablespoons of Listerine per gallon of water.
  2. Try a mixture of 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon sugar and ½ teaspoon of bleach to 1 quart of water.
  3. Mix in a few drops of hydrogen peroxide with your water.
  4. Spritz hairspray on the underside of petals and leaves.
  5. Use about ¼ cup of clear soda into your vase along with water.

To decorate Richmond, VA homes with fresh flowers you will need a more permanent method of preservation. For preserving flowers bring a mixture of 2 cups water and 1 cup glycerin to a boil. Simmer about 10 minutes then cool. Cut each stem at an angle and place in solution. Leave in a cool, dark place for 7 – 10 days then gently clean glycerin drops from petals with a damp cloth and arrange flowers. You’ll enjoy them for years!

To dry flowers try a combination of 10 parts cornmeal and 3 parts borax. Bury the flowers in the mixture and leave for 2 weeks. Remove and dried flowers in arrangements, swags and wreaths can be enjoyed in Richmond, VA homes for years.

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