Did you get flowers for Valentine's Day? Lucky you! Mine are still hanging around....are yours? If so, read on for the best way to care for cut flowers:
1) Determine how you're going to arrange the flowers, and then remove any foliage that will wind up under water. If you don't, the submerged foliage will rot, creating a slimy science experiment in your pretty vase. Ew.
2) Fill your vase with half lukewarm water, half lemon-lime soda (not diet!) and a teaspoon of bleach. The soda has sugar that feeds the flowers, and the bleach kills bacteria.
3) Fill a sink or large bowl with water and submerge the stalks. Using a non-serrated knife*, cut about 1" from the stem at a 45-degree angle. This angle creates more surface area, which improves the flower’s ability to draw water. Cutting them under water prevents air bubbles from forming.
*I normally use my kitchen scissors, which you're not technically supposed to do, as scissors can crush the cell structure of the flower, thus impeding its ability to drink water. I have to say, though, that they still seem to last a long time!
4) Immediately put the flowers into the vase, and arrange. Repeat this process every day or two. It only takes a few minutes and it's totally worth it!