8 Flower Grooming Tips for Brighter Blooms
Fans of floral print clothing would believe in flower power.
Likewise, fresh blooms can do wonders for a room by brightening up it up instantly. But you don’t need to have green fingers to cultivate plants of your own. With a few nifty tips and tricks, you won’t even have to put in that much effort to maintain your home garden!
Here are some ways you can make decorating with flowers a fuss-free process:
1. First Cuts
Cut one inch off stems at a 45-degree angle to allow water to enter the plant easily. A fresh cut increases the surface area for water intake, thereby helping to boost water absorption. This ensures your flowers will be well hydrated for longer.
2. Just Add Vodka
Vodka for flowers? Yes, it’s legit! A vodka-and-sugar mix can keep your flowers looking fresh longer and delay wilting. Before leaving your flowers in a vase, add a few drops of vodka and a teaspoon of white sugar in it. When your flowers eventually start dying, just add a shot of vodka into the water and watch the stems straighten again for a day or two.
3. Faster, Fresher Blooms
Hoping your buds will bloom sooner? Here’s a trick: after cutting the stems, place flowers in a glass of warm water. One minute later, move them to a glass of cold water. Leave them in for about 20 minutes with floral preservatives, and you will find the closed buds opening up to their maximum size.
4. Foam Up Your Blooms
Floral foam helps to keep flowers in place and ensure that they are constantly hydrated in order to last longer. Simply soak the foam in water for about 15 minutes before cutting it to fit in the vase. Water the foam every couple of days.
Always cut your floral foam so that it is about an inch higher than the rim of your vase so that you can arrange your blooms more naturally. If the foam is level with the vase rim, then you’ll only be able to arrange your stems upwards in a stiff, unnatural manner.
5. Ice Your Orchids
An ice cube provides the perfect amount of hydration for orchids as it gives it a slow and steady drip (as it melts) that ensures your plant doesn’t drown in too much water at one go. Place your orchids in a vase and water it with an ice cube once a week. For larger blooms, go with two ice cubes once a week.
6. Drying Your Flowers
Whether it is the flower crown of a bouquet or just a single stalk that you want to save, the ideal way to dry your flowers is by hanging them upside down in a cool indoor space. Tie the ends of the stems together with a ribbon and hanging them from a nail or a key rack so that they’ll double up as decor.
7. Roses for Your Skin
Okay, so this tip is more for your skin than your blooms. Adding rose petals to your next bath.
Scatter a handful (or two) of rose petals into a tub filled with lukewarm water and rose bath oil, which is naturally hydrating and will make your skin feel extra-soft. The gorgeous flowers will instantly lighten your mood!
8. Regular Grooming
Remove dead flower heads regularly so they don’t clog up your fresher stalks. Get rid of wilting flowers and be sure not to let seed pods form, especially with plants that typically hold onto their old blooms. These include geraniums, petunias, marigolds, pansies, and zinnias.
Remember to always keep your flowers away from direct sunlight and heating vents. Hydrate them often and give stems a regular trimming to let them last longer.
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