With Easter just wrapped up and Mother's Day on the horizon, 'tis the season for fresh flowers. That said, there's nothing worse than surprising your loved one with a colorful bouquet, only to see it wilted and brown just days later. But if you follow this guide, the next time you swing by the flower section, we promise you'll get the most bang for your buck.
Better known as the Peruvian lily, these colorful guys come in a range of hues including white, red, orange, purple, and green. They're identifiable by the dark flecks and streaks on their petals.
If you keep them watered (and they're thirsty little blooms), they'll last you up to 14 days. Another helpful hint: alstroemeria leaves will yellow and wilt before the flower fully blooms, so just pluck brown leaves if they bother you. There's no need to throw away the entire bouquet.
A vase of white lilies looks so clean and elegant, so how do you keep them looking like that? The first step is to cut the stems at a 45-degree angle before placing them in water. Once you've settled on a vase and you've trimmed your stems, make sure you place them out of direct sunlight.
Pro-tip: Make sure you remove pollen buds before they dirty your house and cause annoying allergies. If you follow these simple tricks you can expect your lilies to last you at least two weeks.
Traditionally worn on Mother's Day, carnations have a rich history. So whether you like your flowers pink, red, white or even blue, there's a carnation for you. And get this—they can last for three weeks!
All you have to do is throw away any leaves or petals that touch the water in the vase. Make sure you also swap in fresh water fairly often.
These adorable balls look like colorful dandelions without the mess! Alliums are drought-tolerant, so don't feel too guilty if you forget to water them.
That said, alliums belong to the same family as garlic, shallots, and onions, so if you're not sure whether it's time to change the water, just give it a quick sniff. If it's smelling a bit ripe, like, well, an onion, it's time to clean out the bowl. With proper care, alliums can last for about three weeks.
The name might be a mouthful, but these distinctive blooms will surely get you your money's worth. Look for nice long stems at the grocery store, and be sure to trim a small section every couple of days.
So how long do these babies last? With proper care, you can enjoy your blossoms for up to four whole weeks! You can't ask for much more from grocery store flowers.