Millions will receive flowers on Valentine’s Day and will wonder “how do I extend the life of the blooms I received?” Here are my tips for getting the most out of your Valentine’s Day gift.
CONDITION THE BLOOMS
- If they arrive in a box or wrapped in cellophane, remove them immediately and prepare them as follows:
- Fill your container with equal parts water and lemon-lime soda (sprite or 7UP)
- Add two aspirins or a penny. Both act as an antibacterial agent and will help eliminate slimy/cloudy water in the vase.
- Cut off about 1/2 – 1 inch of the stems. The roses don’t care whether you cut straight across or on a slant. Just cut them. This cut opens a wound to allow the stems to be hydrated.
- As soon as you cut them plunge the stems into the mixture described above.
- Arrange as necessary.
RINSE & REPEAT
- Repeat this step every 2 days. As the stems become shorter and some of the blooms begin to fade, divide and move them to smaller containers. As the additional filler foliage fades, I add some from my garden. Rosemary, boxwood and others make great fillers and will give your blooms a new look.
Most people find that by following this course of action, you can extend the life of your blooms up to 14 days.
I hope all your Valentine’s Day Dreams Comes True!