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How to Care for Fresh Cut Flowers So They'll Last

 

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Want to know how to make your glorious bouquet of flowers last? When you follow our flower care tips, you can take an active role in helping to keep your floral arrangement thriving and looking stunning as it did on day one for as long as possible.

Daily Checkup

Keep your vase (or floral foam) filled with fresh water - keeping the level high to promote long lasting flowers. Be sure no debris is floating in the water (such as leaves and stem parts) as this can promote the growth of bacteria which can shorten a flower's life. Also, check that none of the leaves on the stems are submerged in water, as this too, can promote harmful bacteria and fungi growth.

Give Them a Trim

Every few days, trim off ¾" to 1" from the bottom of the stems using a sharp knife or gardening clippers to prevent crushing or damaging the stems. Damaged stems won't be able to absorb water efficiently. Cut the stems on an angle which opens up more stem area, giving the flowers their best chance to soak up plenty of water.

Clean the Vase

Change the water entirely every couple of days (cloudy water is a sure sign that your blooms need fresh water). Be sure to thoroughly clean the vase before filling it again with room-temperature water and adding the proper amount of flower food as directed on the packaging.

Display in the Right Spot

Most flowers do well in areas where the temperature is between 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit and placed away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents or directly under ceiling fans, all of which can cause flowers to dehydrate. Did you know that ripening fruit emits small amounts of ethylene gas that can cause fresh flowers to age prematurely? Keep your fresh blooms away from ripening fruit.

Enjoy your flowers!