Making Mother’s Day Flowers Last

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Whether you’ve received a Mother’s Day bouquet or gave one, we know you’ll want them to last as long as possible.

Sure they won’t last forever, but you can do a few things to ensure their longevity.

Here are seven tips to making those Mother’s Day Flowers last:

Tip number one is obvious, use the flower food that comes with your flowers.

If you run out or don’t have any, tip number two is to make your own flower food.

“You can make your own solution with water, a little bit of sugar, a splash of lemon juice, and a splash of bleach. That will keep the bacteria out of your water and really extend the life of your flowers,” said Robin Henehan, owner of The Flower Girl of Quincy, IL.

Number three, keep your flowers out of direct sunlight.

Robin Henehan, owner of The Flower Girl of Quincy says putting flowers near any heat source is a bad idea.

Number four is the most important tip, add a little water to your vase every day.

“Those stems, some of them aren’t really down deep in the vase and they aren’t going to last as long,” Henehan said.

Number five is to replace the water completely every few days.

When you replace the water also do number six, cut the stems at an angle.

“If you cut it flat you will smush the veins that run up through the stem so if you use a knife and cut it at an angle it’s best,” Henehan added.

Seven, make sure there are no leaves below the water line.

Henehan says the leaves cause bacteria to grow and clog the stems, blocking the flowers from getting the water they need.

She also says, “Hopefully this will help you enjoy your flowers to the fullest potential.” 

Henehan has been working with flowers for 30 years so these tips were a long time in the making.

She had one bonus tip for those who got tulips.

If you put a penny at the bottom of your vase it will help keep the tulips straight.


(Information Courtesy Of KHQA-TV)