I'm a florist and there’s a VERY simple way you can keep fresh flower bouquets alive for longer

A BUNCH of colourful flowers has the power to put a smile on anybody's face.

But is there anything sadder than seeing them slowly wilt away as the days pass?

Well, according to experts at Funky Pigeon, there's a very simple way you can extend the lifespan of your blooms.

And best of all? It's super easy.

Speaking to The Express, the experts noted that the best food option for your blooms is the sachet that comes attached to the bouquet.

The mixture is comprised of citric acid, which lowers the water’s PH level, sugar, which helps flowers to grow, and bleach – a product that fights off bacteria, preventing the flowers from having a short lifespan.

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However, once that sachet has gone and it's time to change the water, there's another solution they claim works just as well.

“A concoction of sugary soda and a bit of bleach will help mimic the contents of flower food," the experts explained.

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“The soda provides the sugar needed to feed the flowers and the bleach keeps the water free from harmful microbes and bacteria."

They went on to advise using a clear type of soda such as non-diet lemonade because it contains citric acid.

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Firstly, they advise mixing a solution comprised of one part lemonade with three parts water.

Then, they warn not to add any more than just a couple of drops of bleach.

It really is that easy!

According to the experts, another top tip is to give the flowers fresh water every couple of days.

And if you're wondering why, it's because as the bouquet begins to die, a gas known as Ethylene is released.

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This causes flowers to age quicker and as a result, shortens their lifespan.

“It is better to hold the flowers and drain all the water and replace, rather than just top up," they recommended.

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