Keep Your Valentine's Day Flower Lasting Much Longer With These Tips

February 15, 2019

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Chances are your love sent you flowers for Valentine's Day.  Trade groups estimate we spent approximately $1.9 billion flowers alone! So why not do what you can to keep them blooming as long as possible? Plop a penny into the vase; rather search for a penny made before 1982 when they were made mostly of copper (pre-1982 are made with 95% copper while post 1982 are just plated with a thin layer of copper).  Copper has natural antimicrobial properties which will help keep germs from shortening your flowers lifespan. One of the best things you can do to keep flowers longer is by changing the water daily.  While most of us are content with topping off the vase, changing the water daily (or at least every other day) will help their longevity.  You can simplify this but sucking out the old water with a turkey baster and refilling it with room temperate water. You can also spritz a bit of hairspray on your flower foliage.  Take your flower out of the vase and give them a light spray making sure keep the nozzle far enough away that the force won’t damage delicate petals. Hang the flowers upside down (in a well-ventilated space) until the hairspray dries completely then place them back in the vase.  You can also use hairspray to preserve fragile dried flowers. They will hold up better when moved around, and colors will fade less over time.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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