Fresh flowers add to the home environment and also have an invigorating effect on the interiors. When we buy flowers for the home we like them to last as long as possible.

Check out our top 5 tips on how to keep flowers fresh in a vase.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar - Apple cider vinegar has many great health benefits for us, but did you know it also helps enhance your flowers’ longevity? Before adding your flowers to the water mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of sugar to the water. You will need to change the water every couple of days and add fresh apple cider vinegar and sugar again.

2. Remove leaves under the water - Any leaves that are under the water level may rot which will provide the perfect environment for bacteria to grow thus in turn damaging the rest of the plant. Cut off any leaves that are touching the water as soon as you notice them.

3. Remove wilted flowers - Similar to the previous point, wilting flowers release an ethylene gas and this may have a knock on effect to the other flowers in the vase. The best practise would be to cut off wilting flowers as they become noticable.

4. Keep away from environmental risks - Your flowers will last longer in a room with cool temperatures. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight or near appliances that generate heat, however avoid areas near open windows or vents as they can cause flowers to dehydrate. Flowers should be kept well away from fruit, which releases ethylene gas that can cause wilting.

5. Lastly , change the water! - You would be surprised the amount of times we’ve heard people saying their flowers don’t last as long as they should. When asked if they change the water every couple of days, the answer we receive is “no, it has a preservative in it”. You should replace the water every couple of days, and remove any debris from the vase, to reduce the risk of bacteria festering. If you notice your water is slightly cloudy, it needs to be changed.