1 Tips for Choosing Fresh Flowers
When selecting flowers, it is important to choose ones that are fresh and vibrant. Look for flowers with abundant branches and leaves, avoid overblown flowers, and check that the petals are strong. Additionally, inspect the cut of the flower, avoiding ones with old bruises from being cut too long ago. If purchasing a whole bunch, remove any flowers showing signs of wilting to preserve the remaining flowers.
For gladiolus, chrysanthemums, and lilies, it is recommended to buy original fresh flowers rather than cut flowers, as this ensures better bloom and longevity. Flowers with firm petals will also last longer.
2 Proper Cleaning of the Vase
Prior to arranging the flowers, thoroughly clean the vase, paying particular attention to the interior to eliminate any remnants of oil or soap. Chemical residues can alter the pH balance of the water, causing the flowers to wilt quickly.
3 Proper Pruning Techniques
Before placing flowers in the vase, trim any wilted or crushed leaves, as well as any submerged leaves. This helps prevent decomposition and rotting, which can cause the flowers to wilt. It is also important to cut the flower stems in warm water using sharp scissors, avoiding wide cuts that can impede water absorption.
4 Using Preservatives
There are several homemade preservatives that can help prolong the freshness of flowers. Some options include:
- Sugar: Add 2 tablespoons of sugar to the water, or replace with 1/4 can of carbonated beverage.
- Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon: Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice with a little water.
- Listerine Mouthwash: Mix 15g of Listerine per liter of water.
- Vitamin B1 or Aspirin: Crush 1-2 tablets into the water to keep the flowers fresh.
5 Flower Care
Change the water for the flowers daily, preferably in the early morning. In the evening, bring the flowers outside to catch the morning dew and revitalize them. Each time the water is changed, trim the stems to allow for better water absorption. Remove any wilted flowers promptly to prevent them from affecting the others.
6 Proper Placement of Flowers
Find a cool and airtight location to place the flowers, away from machinery and direct sunlight to prevent dehydration. Avoid placing them near electrical appliances or hot surfaces, as heat can cause the flowers to wilt.
7 Ensuring Desired Blooming
To encourage flowers to bloom quickly on New Year’s Day, place them in warm water (20-22 degrees Celsius) for a few minutes. Warm water stimulates faster blooming. Conversely, if a flower is wilted, soak it in cold water for a few hours to revive it.
By following these tips, you can enjoy fresh flowers for many New Year’s days, creating a spring-like atmosphere in your home. If you have any additional tips, feel free to share them in the comments section!