I moved back to Nairobi from Kakuma, Turkana in April 2013 and finally moved out of home in November 2013. From back in the day I had always said that I will be keeping fresh flowers in my house. New flowers each week. I even went as far ahead as buying vases. Almost 3 years down the line I have never bought flowers not even once.

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Last week I finally bought fresh flowers. At some point I had thought that buying fresh flowers was quite an investment like minimum Ksh 500 weekly. I then later discovered that a rose is just Ksh 10. A bunch is Ksh 100. Meaning for Kenya shilling 300 I can have fresh flowers in my house weekly! How cool!

Anyway I went out the other day, bought this bunch of flowers for Ksh 200, took them home and was ready to put them in a vase when I thought hey, I can show my African Kaya friends how to make their flowers last longer. So here are a few tips.

  1. Use a clean vase. I know this sounds a bit silly but it needs to be CLEAN.
  2. Cut the stems. Cut them with a sharp knife in a slanted way. This gives more surface area for your flowers to suck in water. Then IMMEDIATELY put it in the water.
  3. Keep away from direct sunlight.

This should work well for your flowers but if you want to make them last even longer here are a few other things to do

  1. Use WARM water and sprite ratio 3:1 then add 1/4 teaspoon of bleach.
  2. Use 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of bleach. This is the method I use. The bleach keeps the water clear and prevents bacteria, lemon juice gives acidity to improve flow of water in the stems and sugar keeps the flower buds open.
  3. Add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 teaspoons of sugar to warm water.
  4. Add any clear liquor eg Vodka or gin acts as an antibacterial

I hope your flowers last longer. Mine definitely do.

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Written by Wangeci