I’m a plant expert – here are a few ways to get those grocery store flowers you bought to live longer

AN expert at Trader Joe’s has shared five ways to keep grocery store flowers looking their best for longer than usual.

The advice comes from Maggie, the grocer’s category manager for flowers and plants.

A Trader Joe’s employee is sharing tips for keeping your grocery store flowers alive longerCredit: Getty

The expert detailed the methods in the Inside Trader Joe's podcast

The expert detailed the methods in the Inside Trader Joe’s podcastCredit: Getty

Maggie shared tips in an episode of the Inside Trader Joe’s podcast with hosts Tara Miller and Matt Sloan, highlighted by Kitchn.

One way to extend the buds’ lives is to keep the foliage above the water.

Maggie told the hosts that whenever she sees foliage in vase water, her body cringes.

Leaves submerged in the water act as a breeding ground for bacteria and take days off the vase life, according to the article.

Cutting and smashing the stems was another pointer for keeping flowers alive.

The less distance the water has to travel, the more energy the head gets, the article explained.

Smashing the bottoms of “woody” stems can open up the pores and allow more water in.

When it comes to hydrangeas, the expert said it’s a good idea to soak the entirety of the plant in a bowl of water for four to six hours before cutting them and placing them in a vase.

Keeping tulips in their plastic wrappers for a few hours, even after cutting them and putting them in a vase, will allow the heads to harden up and remain upright while they hydrate.

This tactic keeps daffodils from getting droopy as well.

The article went on to explain that watering orchids with ice cubes is potentially life-saving for the plants.

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Studies have shown having plants and flowers around the house can decrease pain and anxiety.

A study by Science Direct found fresh flowers can induce relaxation, so trying out these hacks may just allow those mood-boosting plants to bring happiness for a little longer.

Studies have shown having plants and flowers around the house can decrease pain and anxiety

Studies have shown having plants and flowers around the house can decrease pain and anxietyCredit: Getty

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