FLOWER HACKS TO IMPRESS

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We all know how great our homes feel when we have flowers, or how special we feel when someone gives us a bunch. That is the magic of flowers.   Here are some great floral hacks to make decorating your home with beautiful flowers easy and simple.

 

Cut the stems of your flowers at a 45-degree angle one inch from the bottom.

This instantly increases the surface area for water intake, so they will be well hydrated, and will last longer.

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Open closed buds quickly by putting them in warm water first, then cold water.

After cutting the stems put the flowers in a glass filled with warm water. After a minute, move flowers to a vase filled with cold water and leave them for 20 minutes. The buds will open up to their maximum size.

 

Mix vodka and a teaspoon of sugar (yes seriously!) to keep your flowers looking flawless longer.

Before putting your flowers in a vase, add several drops of vodka and a teaspoon of white sugar. This will delay wilting. When they eventually do start to die, add a shot of vodka into the water and the stems will stand up straight again for a day or two.

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Display succulents in pretty dessert bowls.

Dessert bowls make chic pots for a succulent! Simply fill to the brim with potting mix, spray the soil with tap water to moisten it, and then nestle the succulent into the top layer of the soil. Over time, it will begin to grow roots. Just be sure to spray them once a week until the top of the soil looks wet.

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Water your orchid with an ice cube, since it’s the perfect amount of hydration.

We all have issues with overwatering orchids, and they are known for being fussy.  But it’s so easy, just pop an ice cube onto the soil once a week.  For larger orchids, use two ice cubes. The ice cube melts slowly and gives the orchid a slow drip of hydration, so that it doesn’t drown it.

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Looking for a dramatic table decoration?

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Find a vase that fits inside another vase with half an inch of room between them. Fill the space between the two vases up most of the way with water before slipping in sliced lemons. Pop your accent flowers in the centre vase, and voilà!

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If you prefer less feminine interiors, try decorating with darker varieties.

To create a unisex-y arrangement that transcends gender, try darker flowers, like the black calla lilies, thistle, scabiosa pods, viburnum berries. They’ll look lovely in a rustic covered vase.

 

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Twist off the head of a rose to easily access its petals.

flowersThe best way to de-petal a rose without bruising or ripping them is to hold the stem still and gently twist the rose head away from you.

For a fabulous bath, place the petals in a tub filled with warm water and rose bath oil which is naturally hydrating and will make your skin feel extra-soft. The gorgeous flowers will instantly lighten your mood!

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Organize a rainbow arrangement easily by choosing your flowers first, laying them out in the order you want them to appear, and then building a bouquet from there.

The trick to creating a rainbow arrangement is first laying out all the flowers by colour, cutting the stems at an angle, and then placing each stem in your vase at an angle. You want to make sure you insert the larger flowers first to lay the foundation of the arrangement, followed by the medium-size flowers, and finishing with the smaller blooms. And, you’re done!

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