I have a little flower obsession going on but they just make me so happy and have become a new hobby of mine. I enjoy them in my kitchen, night table and desk. I also use them in blog posts as props. If you take good care of them they will last 7-10 days depending on the type of flower it is. You most certainly don’t need a book like I have here, Google is your best friend! I on the other hand enjoy books and referencing back to them. They also look really good stacked on a coffee or end table! Flowers are super easy to care for and just liven up the space you have them in. Not to mention when makeup happens to be sitting by its so hard not to snap a photo! Flowers inspire me to turn a simple table or surface into something I enjoy and get pure satisfaction when I look at it. You can add a frame, stacked books, statement pieces, or even candles. Now just because you add the packet of flower food to the vase doesn’t mean you can ignore them, if you want them to last you must look after them and here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way . . .
- Cut your stems underwater, cutting pulls water immediately up into the flower stem then into the flower head.
- Use garden sheers and a disinfected plastic tub, cut 2 in or preferred height off the bottom of the stem underwater at an angle.
- Cut any leaves that are submersed under water to prevent molding and contamination.
- Change water every other day (room temp).
- Add flower preservative following precise measurements, usually 1 pint (2 cups) of water + packet.
- You can create your own preservative using a small amount of sugar, bleach, and lemon juice.
- Place flowers in indirect sunlight, flowers stay fresh longer in a cool room.
- When choosing your flower try to get them when the bulb (flower head) is still tight or closed. They will bloom in your home improving longevity.
- Be creative put them in different shapes vases, mugs, and other containers. Just be sure they are very clean before placing your flowers in them.
If you’re a total noob to flower care, follow these instructions and you’ll be fine! If you want pretty flowers and don’t know what to choose Tulips, Hydrangea, Peonies, and Orchids are beautiful flowers to start with. I make a trip to my local market in the am once a week to replenish my stock plus I enjoy getting away while the kiddies are still asleep !