Lilac is a decorative shrub that adorns almost every cottage garden in our country. It has the scientific name Syringa and is one of the oldest ornamental shrubs ever. The shrub blooms every year in May and enchants us with its beautiful white, pink and purple flowers. The blossoms in delicate colors are a treat for the eyes and spread a cheerful mood outdoors. But the lilac has another important advantage and that is its unmistakable, irresistible scent. The aroma of the beautiful flower spikes cannot be confused at all, it is really unique! But how can you also enjoy this natural charm indoors? Today we are giving you some tips on how to make the lilacs in the vase last for a long time so that you can enjoy the beauty and fragrance of the ornamental shrub in your four walls for days. Because a bouquet of lilacs in the vase refreshes the room climate and is a great eye-catcher in the interior!
Lilacs in a vase: bring a natural flair to your interior!
The lilac-colored panicles of flowers also cut a fine figure in the vase and attract everyone’s attention!
The flowering panicles of the ornamental shrub will open by the beginning of May at the latest
Lilacs are therefore one of the late heralds of spring.
Tips and tricks on how to make your lilacs last longer in the vase
We have put together a few tips and tricks for you so that you can extend the shelf life of the beautiful lilac panicles in the vase. Follow these so that you can enjoy the natural aroma as well as the beautiful sight of a fresh bouquet at home for longer.
With our tips you can make the lilacs in the vase last for a long time!
When should you cut the lilac for the vase?
Many hobby gardeners wonder when is the best time to cut the lilac flowers for the vase. We have the answer: maybe only prune the panicles early in the morning. You could also do this in the evening, but definitely not at lunchtime. Our advice is to select those panicles whose buds have not fully opened. In addition, it is not good if you simply kink the shoots from the bush. It is best to get a pair of sharp pruning shears or a sharp knife. Make sure these are clean and use them to cut off the flower stalks.
The panicles of flowers that you cut early in the morning stay fresh in the vase for a long time!
Clever preparations so that the lilacs in the vase last a long time
- Take a vase, old watering can or other vessel. But they should be perfectly clean.
- Remove the green leaves first, as they reduce the vase life of the lilac flowers. In addition, a lot of water evaporates through the leaves, which is why the flowers wither faster.
- To improve the water absorption of the lilac stalks, you can peel off an inch or two of the bark at the bottom of the stalk. If you also make a vertical cut there, the stem will absorb water better. Understandably, this keeps the lilacs in the vase fresher for longer!
- Then dip the stem ends of the lilacs in hot water for just a few seconds! This also increases their ability to absorb water.
- Then place the flower stalks in a vessel full of lukewarm water, not cold!
The lilac stalks must first be prepared and only then put into the vase.
How do you keep the bouquet of lilacs in the vase fresh longer?
That doesn’t say everything that needs to be said. In order to avoid rotting bacteria on the stems and to extend the shelf life of the beautiful lilac flowers in the vase, you still need to do the following:
- Change the vase water every day with fresh, lukewarm water. Simply topping up the water can lead to bacterial growth and rot!
- Every time you should rinse the vase thoroughly!
- You can re-cut the stems once every two days.
- Do not place the lilac in the vase in the sun, for example on the window sill! A place in the room where there is draft is just as inappropriate. The beautiful flowers do not like strong rays of the sun and draughts, and they will certainly wither quickly.
- At night, the vase with the lilacs must be in a cool place.
Your lilacs in the vase should be far away from the bright sun.
extra tip For a longer shelf life of the lilac blossoms in the vase: Many flower lovers know the trick: they put half a tablet of aspirin in the vase water! The ingredients contained in aspirin lower the pH of the water. That’s good, because it means fewer bacteria and the lilacs in the vase last longer! Be careful with this trick, though, because an aspirin overdose could have just the opposite effect! A quarter of the aspirin tablet is sufficient in most cases if, for example, you have chosen a vase for the lilacs that is not too large.
Hopefully, our tips and tricks will help you to admire the natural charm and irresistible scent of lilac flowers in your interior for longer! You can find more decorating ideas with lilacs on our website. The editors wish you lots of fun!
That looks so romantic! Easy to fall in love with!
A few green leaves refresh the arrangement in the vase!
The vase with the fragrant lilac blossoms decorates the table in the living room.
… or makes the bookshelf in the home office an eye-catcher!