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3 Ways to Keep Your Lilies Lasting Longer

Lilies Last Longer

Fresh flowers are, in my opinion, the absolute best decor for your home; they look beautiful and smell great.  How can you beat that combination?  Each week I go to the flower shop to find fresh flowers to place in our dining room.  It’s the first room when you walk into our house through the front door and I always want to make sure those visiting us have a great view and smell when they walk into our home.

Lilies and hydrangeas are my loves, with Calla Lilies being my absolute all time favorite flower.  When E and I were grocery shopping for Thanksgiving dinner at Lowe’s, the minute we walked in, we were hit with the most amazing smells!

The floral section of the store is located at the front, we go there all of the time, but this was different.  We walked over and talked to the Florist to find out where that wonderful smell was coming from.  It was from several bouquets of lilies.  

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She began t0 explain the two types of Lilly bouquets and of course, I had to have the most fragrant one.  Now I’m going to be honest with you, I do not have a green thumb.  At all.  That is a trait that was not passed down from my Mom (who can just look at a plant and it will grow) to me.  

Luckily the Florist told me what to do to make the lilies last 1.5 weeks-2 weeks.  I’m listening to her as she gives me these 3 tips, but in my head,I’m thinking, “This kind woman does not know me.  Under my care, these lilies aren’t going to make it 4 days, let alone 7-15 days.  I listen, take mental notes and am hoping for the best!

I’m listening to her as she gives me these 3 tips, but in my head, I’m thinking, “This kind woman does not know me.  Under my care, these lilies aren’t going to make it 4 days, let alone 7-15 days.  I listen, take mental notes and am hoping for the best!

Once we get home, I cut off the end of the stems, add water to the vase along with the flowers and place them on the dining room table.  By the next morning, the flowers are blooming.  They are so fragrant, I can smell them as I’m walking down the stairs from  the 2nd floor.  Let me tell ya, there is nothing better than walking down to the smell of fresh flowers!

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The Florist told me one, was to remove any leaves that would be submerged in water.  Keeping the leaves on that are in water would promote the growth of bacteria and of course, that isn’t good for the flowers.  Who knew?  I know, I know.  Florists and people with green thumbs!

Her second tip was to change the water every 3 days.  If you are someone who has a green thumb, this is probably nothing new to you, but for someone like me, this is something new.  It also made me wonder if that’s why my other flowers didn’t last as long!  I’ll have to try it on the next bouquet!

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And the final tip she shared was to pull the stamens off. The one things I don’t like about lilies as much as I do love them is all of the pollen they leave everywhere!  It drives me crazy and it stains everything.  Guess what?   You can remove those stamens so you don’t have a yellow table and yellow clothes!  That made me SUPER excited!

How to take care of lilies

I did everything as the Floris told me, take off the leaves, change the water every 3 days, and pull off the stamens.  Guess what?? It has been 16 days since I purchaed those lilies and they are still alive!  You have no idea how excited I am!  My black thumb, as I call it,  may be getting a few green in it after all.  

So for someone who doesn’t have a green thumb, what tips can you share?  Add in the comments below.  Trust me, I need them!  🙂 

See ya later!

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