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Fresh Cut Flowers
Fresh Cut Flowers are an inexpensive way to brighten any space. Flowers also make a great addition to your self-care routine. So many misconceptions exist about the lifespan of fresh cut flowers. I’m here to tell you how to extend their shelf life to the fullest and find the most affordable floral options out there.
An Inexpensive Way to Brighten up any Space
Simply put, I love fresh cut flowers. This slight addiction started when my Favorite sister-in-law brought me some fresh cut tulips. I plopped them in a glass because I couldn’t find a vase and went on my merry way. I noticed myself smiling every time I came in the kitchen. My daughters even commented on how pretty they were when the tulips opened. That’s a huge deal , and you will get that if you have teens. So I decided to start buying fresh cut flowers for my kitchen, and the addiction was born.
Fresh Cut Flowers~One of the Small Ways I Practice Self Care
Consider it one of my few ways I practice “self-care.” Spending 95% of my time in my kitchen that’s where I need all the love I can get. Flowers lighten the space and add color to my very monotone kitchen. The real reason is that they just make everyone happy. Who can argue with that?
My “kitchen flowers” seem to be catching on. My husband cut these two roses as a sweet gesture for me. I trimmed them and placed them in a mug with flowers painted on it. So delicate and they make a cute addition to my dining room table centerpiece.
Where to buy Flowers
If you’ve been reading my blog you know by now I’m quite a penny pincher. I never pay full price for anything. So when I buy fresh cut flowers, One; I don’t like to pay a bundle for them. And two; I want them to last as long as possible. Right now as I write I’m staring at a bunch of flowers that are going on three weeks (Peruvian lilies.) I’ve had flowers given to me that have bought at florists. One word…Infuriating. They are overpriced and don’t last. A word of advice never buy a “cheapskate” flowers. I think I can speak for most penny pinchers in saying we would rather have something tangible or cash! As ironic and hypocritical as it sounds I totally can justify buying fresh cut flowers for myself because I know I got the best deal possible. Don’t try to make sense of it, It’s crazy I know.
I’ve found the best selection of fresh cut flowers to be at my local Sam’s Club. I even went as far as to make friends with the instore florist and she lets me know when the weekly delivery is scheduled so I can get the freshest flowers possible. She also points me towards which particular type of flower will last the longest. Bonus, they have a seven-day guarantee. And no I don’t have a horse in this race, I’m not getting anything from Sam’s for mentioning them today.
The arrangement I have right now are Peruvian Lily’s. A bundle of about 10 -12 stems cost me about $8. I have seen tulip buds priced about $9 and managed to get them to bloom and stick around for about a week and a half. At Sam’s I have also seen Hydrangeas, Sunflowers, Daylilies, you name it and they have it. I’ve seen similar bunches at Costco but not always. I believe Costco only carries seasonal flowers but don’t quote me on that.
Tips to Make Fresh Cut Flowers Last Longer
(Excluding Hydrangea, they get their water thru their petals. They have a whole other set of rules)
- As soon as you get flowers home clip ends of the stem at an angle and mist flowers
- Add 1/8 teaspoon bleach per 3 cups cold water
- Every other day change the water. Trim any wilted leaves and trim 1/2 inch from stem bottom at an angle. Replace bleach and add cold water,
- I also throw a couple of ice cubes into the vase. I heard once it shocks the flowers. Not sure if there is any truth to that. But it seems to work for me. Mist the flowers lightly. Do not over wet they will rot.
If you do this every other day, your fresh cut flowers will last for weeks not days!
Here is a list of Longer lasting Cut Flowers I found carousing the web.
- ‘Tiki Torch’ Coneflower (Echinacea ‘Tiki Torch’) …
- Ranunculus Bouquet. …
- Alliums. …
- Cut Lilies. …
- Calla Lilies ‘Ruby Sensation’ and ‘Natural Bouquet’ …
- Gladiolus as Cut Flowers. …
- Chrysanthemums. …
- Freesia ‘Pink’
Don’t forget My favorite Peruvian Lilies!
If you have any other floral tips let me know in comments or shoot me an email. I’d love to hear from you! Email me firstname.lastname@example.org