Monday, May 14, 2012

Monday Musings ~ Keeping Lilacs Fresh

I live on a country road next to what once was a lilac farm. We have several varieties of lilacs on our property and when they bloom the air is filled with their glorious scent. I love bringing the flowers into the house although as you might have also discovered, the blooms last but a few days. Here are a few tips I have found to keep them fresh so they continue filling the house with their intoxicating smell. 
  • Collect the flowers early in the morning or in the evening. 
  • Use a container or bucket of lukewarm water and place the cut stems immediately in the water. 
  • It is best to harvest lilacs before all the buds have opened. Once inside the house remove all the lower leaves so there won't be any submerged in the water.
  • Recut the stems on a angle before putting them in the vase. 
  • You might also split their woody stems which helps increase their water intake. 
  • It's important to make sure the vase is always filled with clean water on a daily basis.
  • Enjoy the smell!

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