“How to Keep Fresh Flowers Arranged for Up to 3 Days Without Overwatering”

It's almost that time of year again - Tết! As you adorn your home with gorgeous and vibrant flowers, you may be wondering: how do I make sure they stay fresh for as long as possible? If you're not familiar with the right care techniques, your flowers can fade and start to wilt in as little as one or two days. Don't worry though, we have some tips here to help keep your flowers looking beautiful for the duration of the festive season!


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.

Choosing to buy fresh flowers for Tet will help them stay fresh longer

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.

Wash the flower arrangement very clean so that it does not turn pale or soap will wilt the flowers

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.

Properly pruning Tet flowers to keep them fresh for a long time

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.

Add substances to flowers to keep them fresh for a long time

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.

Taking care of flowers regularly during Tet will help flowers last longer

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.

Placing flowers in the right place will keep flowers fresh for a long time

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.

Keep flowers blooming as you want on Tet holiday

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!