That beautiful bouquet of flowers sitting on the kitchen table is an oh-so-sweet addition to your humble home, but doesn’t it seem like those pretty petals wilt away so quickly? Whether it’s a huge bouquet from your special someone or an elegant Orchid to set in the window, making these beauties last proves difficult for most (us included!) Here are three quick tips to help your flowers’ glow last beyond the weekend.
1.How to arrange your fresh bouquet.
Ever get a bouquet that’s all wrapped up nice and pretty, but when you take it out of the wrapping you don’t know what to do with it? Usually bouquets are arranged with the main flowers in the front and the greenery in the back. This lets you see all the flowers you’re taking home. When you put them in a vase, try taking the main flowers and holding them in one hand, then one by one add in your filler and greenery wherever the arrangement needs balance. Try to keep an even amount of greenery, filler, and flowers throughout. Put a rubber band around it and plop it in a vase!
2. Keep those Hydrangeas past the weekend!
Your Hydrangeas are beautiful, but they are very hit or miss when it comes to sticking around for a few days. One way to make your hydrangeas stay full and gorgeous for longer is to soak the heads in water before arranging. Start by giving the stems a fresh cut, then fill up the sink with room temperature water. Fully submerge the heads of the hydrangeas in the water for about one minute. Pull them out, shake them out a little to get the water off, and enjoy!
3. Oh, Orchids! How to care for these tricky little plants.
Notice your orchid leaves are looking cracked, soft, or yellow? You’re probably overwatering. Orchids only need a little bit of water every few days. One method of watering is to take some crushed ice (about the amount that would fit in the palm of your hand) and put it in the center of the orchid plant. Repeat this about three times a week and watch it to make sure it’s thriving. If you notice your beloved orchid still isn’t looking great, try moving it to a different window. Once the orchid finds its happy place, leave it there and let it bloom! Don’t be alarmed when the flowers begin to die and fall off. Once all of the blooms are gone, trim down the stems all the way to the base of the plant. Keep watering and wait for more stems to grow!
Author: Turner Bryant