Here are the best long-lasting flowers to keep your home gorgeous, mamas!
They say cut flowers and bouquets are things of ephemeral beauty. You received a thoughtful florist bouquet delivery and you place the fresh blossoms on a vase. Pretty soon the petals start to shrivel up and fall off. Clearly they don’t last forever and without proper TLC, they tend to wilt very quickly. However, there are ways to preserve cut flowers to last as long as possible. The most obvious one is to place them in a clean container filled with distilled water with some bleach to kill off bacteria – the main culprit for drooping buds.
Apart from proper care, another way to lengthen your enjoyment of cut flowers is choosing the right blooms. Certain varieties of flowers last longer than others. If you want fresh flowers inside your home without busting your budget by replacing them every few days or so, here is a rundown of long-lasting flowers that fit your requirements.
These lovely blooms grow in varying shades of purple and blue. Even more impressive, they can stay fresh for up to two weeks with proper upkeep and maintenance.
Zinnias are low-maintenance, requiring minimal effort and care to grow. Naturally, they also take less upkeep on vessels. While often used as fillers instead of the main blooms of a bouquet, zinnias outrank all other blooms on longevity. With a change of water every couple of days, they can last almost a month looking as fresh as the day they were picked.
The classic rose, staple of romantic bouquets, is not as hardy on the vase as the rest of the flowers in this list. However, since these are popular choices for gifting, people have found creative ways to preserve them. Opt for cool water in the container to extend its life for up to 10 days, which isn’t too bad.
This lily species, in pinks, oranges, whites or purples, is relatively resilient as a cut flower. They can remain vibrant for up to two weeks. Other varieties can last for as long as three weeks.
These unpretentious but attractive blooms are popular for a reason. They come in many lovely colours and are inexpensive to boot. More importantly, carnations can survive from two to three weeks. Just don’t forget to remove low-lying petals and leaves that can get soaked on the container’s water because it will cause them to rot, which in turn will introduce bacteria to the water.
Orchids are not only elegant-looking, they’re also long-lasting. If you replace water every couple of days, most orchids can last up to three weeks in a vase. Quickly remove any wilting parts as you see them too avoid quick degeneration.
Freesias bring a fresh aroma to any room which makes them perfect for your home. Luckily, they can stay fragrant and fresh for up to 10 days with proper care.
Possibly the most hardy cut flowers are chrysanthemums. These resilient blooms, in varying colours, can last up to a full month. However, they require proper upkeep including a change of clean water and trimming every day. A small price to pay to liven up a drab space!
Lead image and Freesia image sourced via Pinterest.