Four ways to give your flowers a longer life and save money

Four ways to give your flowers a longer life and save money

Flowers are a beautiful gift and bring buckets of joy.

But they’re not cheap and it can feel like wasted cash if the flowers wilt quickly.

Save on your stems with our top tips for giving your flowers a longer lifeCredit: Getty

Here’s how to save money and give your legs a longer life.

Make it last: If you’ve got a bunch of fresh flowers, you can preserve them with a few easy tricks.

First, remove the leaves from the stems so that there is no foliage below the water line in the vase.

Flowers should be away from heat sources and direct sunlight.

Monitor the water and change it if it starts to look cloudy.

Remove individual flowers when they have no life left, and you can mix the remaining stems with a small, cheap bunch of fresh flowers to create another complete bouquet.

Dry: Some flowers look very good after being dried, which means you can keep them on display for longer.

Hydrangeas, eucalyptus leaves, baby’s breath and roses are among the varieties that work well for drying.

Before the flowers wilt, take the foliage off the stems and hang them upside down in a dark, dry place for about two weeks to dry completely.

Friendly florist: Don’t be afraid to ask your local florist for advice on inexpensive types of flowers.

It’s also helpful to know if there are certain times of the week when the florist discounts old inventory to clear.

Feed: Look in your garden or woodland areas for plants such as holly which can be used to create inexpensive but absolutely beautiful seasonal bouquets.

The bright red berries help create a pop of color but you can also benefit from gold or silver paint.

“Fresh flowers may be delicate on the ground in winter, but why not collect leaves, small twigs or pine cones to give to people as gifts,” says Igor Podyablonsky, florist from My Flowers.

“Spray them with paint and let them dry before placing them in baskets or vases.”

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