Open Up Your Closed Flower Buds With This Easy Water Hack

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Open Up Your Closed Flower Buds With This Easy Water Hack

Strategically placing beautifully arranged flowers in your home can add a pop of color and transform the ambiance. Everyone loves the sight and fragrance of fresh flowers. However, closed flower buds may not have the desired effect. The internet is full of techniques to get closed flower buds open, such as blowing on them, running your fingers through the petals, and applying pressure on the stems. Instead, you can try a simple water hack to help hydrate the buds and keep the flowers fresh longer.

Most flowers are picked as soon as they show color to prolong their life, but they may not have enough time to bloom to their full potential. As a result, the florets are on borrowed time as soon as they’re harvested.

How to use the water hack

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Begin by removing the packaging from the bouquet; if you’ve already placed the flowers around the house, take them out of their vase. For this hack, you’ll need two containers: one filled with warm water and the other with cold. You’ll also need sharp flower-cutting scissors, like these Jansi shears from Amazon. (Don’t forget to disinfect the scissors before using.) If your flowers are newly bought and not yet cut for display, cut the stems at a 45-degree angle; this will help with water absorption.

Next, place the closed-bud flowers in the container with warm water and leave them be for about a minute. After a minute, move the flowers into the cold water vase and give the buds another 20 minutes or so to open up and bloom to their full potential. You can then transfer the flowers to their vases around the home for display. Note, for all your cut flowers, remember to remove the leaves from their stems; you never want to submerge leaves in water for long, as this quickly can lead to rotting and turning the water toxic.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.