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Welcome to my blog. I have always been interested in how flowers can help to create certain feelings. For example, they can brighten up a room, offer an apology to a loved one, comfort someone who is grieving or serve a number of other roles. In this blog, I hope to start on that topic, and then, I plan to write about flowers from a range of other angles as well. If you're shopping for flowers, planning an event with flowers or just interested in learning more, this blog is for you. I hope that you enjoy my posts, and that they guide you to the best floral arrangements Thanks for reading!

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At-Home Tips To Keep Your Flowers Fresh And Vibrant

by Miguel Shelton

Sometimes you have to buy flowers early for a special occasion ahead, be it Mother's Day or an upcoming birthday. Don't fail to buy your flowers just because you don't know how to preserve their freshness and vitality in the meantime. Below are some great do-it-yourself tips you can use at home to keep your flowers fresh and alive.

Make A Homemade Flower Mix

In case you misplace your flower mix or forget to carry it home, then you can make one for your flowers. A flower mix provides your flowers with nutrients to keep them alive for longer. A good mix should also inhibit the growth of bacteria because bacteria easily damage flowers.

Sugar is a good source of food for flowers. Add about two teaspoons of sugar to the water. You can also use soda water or a soft drink if you don't have sugar. White vinegar has an antibacterial component and will work well when it comes to controlling bacteria. Adding two tablespoons of white vinegar to the water is sufficient. Remember that you should prepare the flower mix afresh every time you change the water.

Provide Cool Temperatures

Placing your flowers in the fridge for a night is good for flowers. Flowers thrive in cool temperatures, ideally between 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, so check the temperature levels in your fridge beforehand. If you don't have enough room in the fridge, then go for the floor. Choose a place where there are no heating appliances nearby because the heat will dehydrate the flowers fast.

The draft from open doors, a fan or an air conditioner may bring down temperatures quite a bit, but at the same time, it will accelerate wilting. So avoid opening doors and windows or running fans and air conditioners. Place your flowers in a room with no draft where there isn't much direct sunlight.

Cut Your Flower Stalks

Cut the bottom tip of your flower stalks so as to sustain their potency for longer. It's best to cut flowers soon after you get home. Also, cut the flower stalks while they are submerged in water so that air doesn't get sucked into the stem instead of water. It's also advisable that you cut the stalks in the opposite angle from the initial one so that the stalk can absorb more water easily.

 A knife or razor blade is the best tool for cutting flowers because it does not crush the edges of the stalk. Crushed edges will prevent the flowers from absorbing water properly, so avoid using scissors, blunt objects and fingernails.

Don't fail to buy flowers for your loved one just because you can't manage to buy them on that special day. Maintain the vitality of the flowers you buy ahead of time using the aforementioned tips. Don't hesitate to ask your florist for other tips, too!

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