Mimosa, or silver acacia, is a tender plant, pleasing the eye and uplifting fluffy balls of yellow color. Especially mimosa was popular during the Soviet era, when the choice of colors was not so diverse. However, now this plant is in demand. For many women, this is the best gift for International Women's Day - March 8. It would be desirable, that branches of a mimosa as long as possible remained fluffy. There are time-tested ways that help prolong flower life.
Tips for mimosa to stand for
To save a bouquet purchased in a flower shop, you should follow the following recommendations:
- Before the mimosa is placed in a vase with water, you need to remove the lower leaves from the sprig, and cut its ends and stretch them slightly. Mimosa, because of this, it will be better to absorb water.
- In order for the flower to no longer wither and retain its fluffy inflorescences, it is necessary to put it in the correct water. Under the correct water means rain or melt water. Mineral water without gas is also perfect for this. But the tap water do not like any flowers. Note that the flowers should stand in warm water. Sellers of flowers to mimosa had a presentation, put it in hot water. Due to this, the plant becomes beautiful, but very quickly begins to crumble - just a couple of days after such a “shock therapy”. So-called boiled mimosa is better not to buy. It is easy to identify - it does not smell.
- Do not forget to update the water in a vase with mimosa daily. By neglecting this, you accelerate the process of plant withering.
- Dry air is destructive for mimosa, so if you want it to stay fluffy for as long as possible, periodically spray it with water. By the way, mimosa twigs love coolness, so they are best placed in a cool room. Direct sunlight on the plant should not fall.
- If you have several different bouquets, do not put them in one vase. Distribute the bouquets in separate containers. So mimosa, and other flowers will please the eye longer.
- Any flower, including mimosa, is preserved while maintaining the circulation of juices in it. If a sprig of mimosa, standing in a vase, began to dry out and become solid, trim it and gut it with a hammer.
- If the mimosa twigs you purchased turned out to be slightly faded, wrap them in paper and dip the stems in a ceramic container with hot water. Having stood in this form for several hours, the bouquet will again become lush.
- To increase the fluffiness of the inflorescences, it is recommended to hold the mimosa over hot steam for 1-2 minutes.
In addition to all the above, to prolong the life of mimosa, you can purchase a special tool for cut flowers or resort to folk remedies. Due to certain components, the flower will retain its fluffiness and will not fade longer. So what are these components?
You can add an acetylsalicylic acid tablet, that is, aspirin, to the water in which the sprig of mimosa will stand. Antiseptic properties of aspirin help to disinfect water, besides, it accelerates the movement of water through the flower stalks. If this solution is updated in time, the plant can stand for about 14 days and even longer. Vodka, like aspirin, has a disinfecting effect on water. In a vase with mimosa, it is recommended to add in the amount of 30-50 ml per 1 liter of water. In such a solution, mimosa should stay for at least 2 weeks.
Well worth mimosa in sugar water. Sugar is added at the rate of 2-3 teaspoons per 1 liter of water. Putting a bouquet in a sugar solution, you provide it with nutrients. To improve the effect, you can add a little bit of boric acid. Note that boric acid should be dissolved in hot water.
You can protect mimosa from rotting by adding a couple of drops of pine concentrate and 3 teaspoons of granulated sugar to water. In the absence of a concentrate, you can use coniferous extract.
Also, the branches of mimosa for a long time remain fluffy and beautiful, if you add an aspirin tablet and fresh aloe juice in the amount of 1 teaspoon to the water.
Storage without water
Mimosa, although not too long, can maintain a great appearance without water. So it is usually kept by flower sellers. Here's what to do:
- Heat the water to a temperature of 40 degrees and add a few drops of acetic acid to it. Then in the water with vinegar, place the sprigs of mimosa for 30 minutes.
- After the specified time, place the flowers on a cotton cloth so that they dry. Dried flowers must first be folded in polyethylene bags, and then in a box. Mimosa stays fresh without water for a couple of days, so you need to sell it as soon as possible and explain it to customers so that they immediately put it in a vase of water, cutting off the ends and stretching the stalks with a hammer.
If mimosa is transported in the refrigerator, before packing the flowers must be cooled outside, otherwise condensation will form, which has a detrimental effect on the plant.
Some sellers do not resort to processing mimosa. Untreated mimosa does not have such a bright appearance, but then it will stay fresh and beautiful longer.
How to dry mimosa
Whatever way you use to extend the life of mimosa, it can not remain fluffy and beautiful for too long. Those who want to enjoy this charming plant for the longest time can dry the flower. It's easy enough to do:
- After purchasing, place the plant in a vase with a small amount of water, only first cut its tips.
- After the mimosa has absorbed all the water that has been poured, leave it in a vase. The flower must be kept away from batteries and ultraviolet.
- To prevent mimosa from falling off and being more attractive, spray it with hair spray. In dried form, mimosa can stand for years.