How do you keep lilies alive longer in a vase?
2. What are lilies?
3. Sunlight and lilies
4. How to keep cut lilies alive in a vase
5. Temperature and humidity
6. Changing the water
7. Adding flower food
8. Pruning lilies
9. Removing pollen-stained petals
10. Keeping the vase clean
Keeping Cut Lilies Alive Longer in a Vase
Introduction: Lilies are beautiful, elegant flowers that can add an eye-catching touch to any bouquet or floral arrangement. They may not be as long-lasting as some other flowers, but with some careful consideration, you can extend their lifespan far beyond the average—so you can enjoy them for longer! This article will provide a few tips on how to keep cut lilies alive longer in a vase so you can continue to appreciate their beauty and grace for days on end.
What are lilies?
Lilies are a type of flowering plant that belong to the family Liliaceae, which is native to the Northern Hemisphere and mainly found in temperate areas with moist soils and climates—such as Europe, Asia, and North America. Depending on the species, lilies can range in size from just a few inches to over six feet tall! They come in many colors, including white, yellow, orange, pink and red—making them a great choice for any bouquet or floral arrangement!
Sunlight and Lilies
In spite of their delicate beauty, lilies need plenty of sunlight to grow properly—especially in their early stages of life when they’re still growing roots. Once they’re cut from their stems, however, they should be kept out of direct sunlight so they can last longer in the vase without wilting too quickly. The ideal temperature for them is between 18-23°C (65-73°F).
How To Keep Cut Lilies Alive In A Vase
When it comes to keeping cut lilies alive longer in a vase, there are several things you should keep in mind: temperature and humidity levels; changing the water; adding flower food; pruning; removing pollen-stained petals; and keeping the vase clean. Let’s take a closer look at each one:
Temperature & Humidity Levels
As we mentioned earlier, lilies do best at temperatures between 18-23°C (65-73°F). You should also make sure that your home is not too dry as this can cause your flowers to wilt prematurely due to lack of moisture—ideally you want your home’s humidity levels between 60-70%. If necessary, you can use a humidifier or place bowls filled with water around your home to increase the moisture levels in the air.
Changing The Water
To keep cut lilies alive longer in a vase, it’s important that you change out the water every few days—ideally every 2-3 days depending on how quickly it becomes cloudy or dirty looking due to bacteria growth or other factors such as pollen from other flowers nearby or dust particles from your home’s air circulation system. As soon as you notice any discoloration or cloudiness appearing, change out the water immediately! This will help ensure that your flowers don’t become infected with harmful bacteria which could cause them to wilt prematurely.
Adding Flower Food
Flower food is specially formulated nutrients that help prolong flower life by providing essential nutrients such as carbohydrates and sugar which help promote healthy growth in plants when added directly into their water supply. It also helps reduce bacterial growth which could otherwise shorten flower life significantly if left unchecked! When purchasing flower food for your lily bouquets be sure to get one specifically designed for flowering plants such as lilies rather than general purpose fertilizers meant for plants like vegetables or fruits since these may have different nutrient requirements than what would be beneficial for your flowers!
Pruning is an important step when it comes to keeping cut lily flowers alive longer in a vase since it helps remove any dead leaves or stems which could otherwise lead to bacterial growth if left unchecked—which again could lead to premature wilting of your flowers if not corrected promptly! To prune properly simply snip off any dead leaves or stems with scissors or shears before placing them into your vase filled with fresh cold water and flower food (as discussed earlier).
Removing Pollen Stained Petals
If you notice any pollen stained petals on your lily bouquets then it’s important that these be removed as soon as possible since pollen stains can attract bacteria which could otherwise lead to premature wilting if left unchecked! To remove petals simply use tweezers or scissors if necessary before placing them into clean fresh water with added flower food (as mentioned earlier).
Keeping The Vase Clean
Keeping the vase clean is another important step when it comes to keeping cut lily flowers alive longer since bacteria can quickly accumulate within dirty containers leading them down an unhealthy path towards premature wilting much sooner than desired! To keep your vases clean simply rinse them out every few days using warm soapy water before refilling them with fresh cold water mixed with flower food prior to adding new stems of flowers! This will help ensure that bacteria doesn’t get trapped inside while also providing essential nutrients needed by flowering plants like lillies!
Conclusion: With just a few simple steps you can easily extend the lifespan of your cut lily flowers far beyond what would ordinarily be expected—so you can enjoy their beauty for days on end instead of just hours! By taking proper care of these delicate beauties such as providing ample sunlight when planting new bulbs; maintaining proper temperature & humidity levels once cut; changing out contaminated water regularly; adding flower food whenever necessary; pruning off dead leaves & stems; removing pollen stained petals; and keeping the vases clean at all times—you can ensure that these beautiful blooms will last much longer than if left alone without any attention whatsoever!