I’ve recently instilled a “must have fresh flowers at all times” rule in our home and, for just a few dollars a week, I’m constantly amazed at the a difference it makes. When it comes down to it though, I’m frugal by nature. So you better believe that I want those pretty stems to last as long as they can. Which is why I’m excited to have Caroline, from the gorgeous floral studio Wild Folk, here today sharing a few of her personal tips and tricks on how to make those flowers last as long as physically possible. Ps. Don’t miss the gallery for more pretty blooms.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR FLOWERS LAST LONGER

1. Once you have picked a vase, give it a good rinse.

2. Clean your stems by removing all the leaves that will be below the waterline. The leaves of your flowers can create bacteria growth in the water, shortening the life span of your flowers.

3. Give your flower stems a clean cut at a 45 degree angle. This results in the most surface area for water to absorb into the blooms. Fill the clean vase with fresh water.

4. Change the water every other day, or when you notice any discoloration. Every time you change your water you should give the stems another cut.

5. Keep your flowers in a cool environment, out of direct sunlight. The heat will make the flowers wilt.

6. Put a penny in the bottom of the vase. The acidity of the penny prevents the growth of bacteria.

7. Another way to fight bacteria and help your flowers last longer is by adding 1/4 teaspoon of bleach to the water.

8. Lastly, add a little sugar to your water. Sugar is a nutrient for your flowers and can help the immature buds bloom.

Photography, Tips & Floral Design: Wild Folk Studio