Mother’s Day is just around the corner, on May 12th. If you are a “good child” you probably already have the perfect gift picked out. If you are more like me, you may have yet to pick something out.
One of the gifts that I love to give to both my mother and mother-in-law is flowers. Something about the spring air just tells me to buy flowers. While I typically prefer to buy potted plants or flowers, I have also given cut flowers a few times.
I like flowers as a Mother’s Day gift because they do not add waste to our mother’s lives. As a prepper, you can appreciate gifts that give back and eliminate some of the waste that is associated with our consumerist lifestyle!
Obviously, the most reusable gift are potted plants, but what if you can’t give a potted plant because you have to ship the gift, or for some other reason? There are still a few tricks you can use to make cut flowers last longer so your mom gets more benefit from the gift. And if she’s a prepper too, she might even dry the flowers.
Cut Flowers that Last
- Chrysanthemum: These cute flowers, often called “mums,” can last up to 20 days in a vase. That is a pretty high value for your dollar.
- Carnations: Carnations are equally long-lasting and can last for up to 20 days with the proper care.
- Alstroemeria: These delicate flowers are beautiful white flowers that can last up to 14 days.
- Roses: Roses can be hit or miss, but I’ve seen them last 10 days.
Extending the Life of Your Cut Flowers
If you’re a mom, someone might buy you cut flowers for Mother’s Day. If they do, try these methods to extend their life.
- Clean your vase: Clean your vase with bleach before placing the flowers inside. Bleach will kill any bacteria and extend the life of your flowers without any other tricks.
- Change the water: Every 2-3 days, change the water in the vase and add fresh. When you change the water, use the bleach solution to clean the vase.
- Add aspirin: An crushed aspirin dissolved into the water of cut flowers will extend its life.
- Try soda: Add about ¼ of a cup of lemon-lime soda to your vase of flowers. The flowers will eat the sugar and it will keep them looking fresh a little longer.
- Use the included packet: Typically, adding the packet that comes with the flowers to the water is all I ever do, and I’ve had flower arrangements look good for about 2 weeks.
- Remove dead blossoms: If you remove drooping blooms as you go along, you can extend the life of an arrangement even further.
Gifting Live Plants
As I said before, gifting live plants is my preferred method of gifting flowers on Mother’s Day. Some great varieties to gift include:
- Succulents: These dry-weather plants are all the rage now, and make adorable gifts. For added thoughtfulness points, make a terrarium garden for your mom.
- Herbs: Herbs can be beautiful plants and also make tasty editions to home cooked meals. If your mom cooks at all, she will love you forever for this gift.
- Geraniums: I love the cheery look of geraniums in the spring. Although the blossoms don’t last long, they are beautiful while they last.
Funny story: One year I gifted my mother-in-law with a geranium for Mother’s Day. Guess what I got in return? A geranium. I guess I married into the right family.
What are your favorite ways to gift plants? How do you make your cut flowers last?