Flower Care Tips
Depending on the flowers used and the care they receive, most floral arrangements last 4-7 days or longer.
Here are some tips for longer lasting and more vibrant flowers from the experts:
For floral arrangements
Keep flowers in a cool spot, away from direct heat, sunlight. Most flowers will last longer under cool conditions.
Keep the vase filled or floral foam soaked with water.
Flower foods make flowers last longer but it is important to follow the mixing directions accordingly.
If the water becomes cloudy, replace it entirely with fresh water. If possible, re-cut stems by removing one to two inches. Be sure to use a sharp knife/clippers to avoid crushing the stems.
For loose bunches or boxed flowers
Keep your flowers in a cool place until you can get them in a flower food solution. Don't forget how important it is to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet.
Fill a clean, deep vase with water and add flower food.
Remove leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in water will promote bacterial microbial growth that may limit water uptake by the flower.
Re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife/clippers. Place the flowers in the vase solution you've prepared.
Look for flowers with firm petals, upright and buds that are beginning to open. Spotted, dropping or yellow leaves are sign of aging!
When using woody stems and branches (such as quince, forsythia or lilac), cut the stem with sharp pruning shears.
Want to get your flowers to bloom faster? Place them in warm water containing fresh flower food.