Happy February!! It’s officially the season of flowers, although I do believe flowers should always be celebrated, which means you’re probably either going to gift or receive a pretty bouquet. While I was away in Florida, I’d always stop by Publix to pick up weekly fresh flowers because it added happiness to my apartment and their selection was the best in town! Unlike other flowers, I’d notice with the tulips that they would instantly droop. Tulips are known for this characteristic so I scoured the internet for hacks to prevent the sudden droop.
If I told you the solution will only (temporarily) cost you a penny, would you believe me? That’s right folks, a penny holds all the magic in making your blooms stand tall and last longer! Before placing the stems in the water and vase just drop a penny in and be amazed with the results. The flowers pictured (above and below) where seriously drooping for a good 3 hours before I dug out a penny to save the day. By morning, the blooms were defying gravity and standing tall. They lasted like this for a whole week!
Your vase style also plays a crucial role, especially for tulips, on how much support they get from the surrounding vase. If your vase is tall and narrow (like mine) the stems will have a much easier time standing tall for the week. If you have a wider mouth vase, chances are the penny will still work it’s magic but the results won’t last as long. Personally I like to mix up!
As always with any fresh flower, be sure to take care in trimming the stems and place in mineral-rich water ASAP. For tulips, I like to literally chop off the ends with a knife. This helps to make a clean break that doesn’t damage the cells in the fragile stalks. Roses and peonies almost always require kitchen or gardening shears since the stalks are so dense and stiff. Also, if I want to force open the bud to bloom quicker, I add lukewarm water to the vase instead of ice cold. The warmth helps the bud to open, which is a time-saving trick for a quick centerpiece. Be sure to add fresh water every 2-3 days, and if you’re crazy like me, trim off a bit more of the stalks to preserve their longevity!
What is your favorite flower or go-to floral arrangement? I’d love to hear in the comments!