Luxury bouquets are magnificent arrangements that express love and adoration. Usually filled with stunning long-stemmed roses in the deepest shade of red and accented with delicate baby's breath, these flowers are the traditional choice for showing her how much you care. While such luxurious displays are more expensive than other floral arrangements, caring for them properly will allow you to enjoy them for days and even weeks to come.
When your bouquet first arrives, remove any foliage that will fall below the water line and trim the stems. Use a kitchen knife or a sharp pair of scissors, and cut them on the diagonal. The trim removes tired ends and allows for fresh water to penetrate the stems at a faster rate, leading to much healthier flowers. Be sure to add fresh water daily, and if a residue appears on your vase, remove the flowers and rinse the vase clean.
Keep your roses well-fed by following the instructions on the flower food that came with your bouquet. In addition to sugar used to feed the flowers, the food includes a bacteria blocker to increase longevity and keep the roses healthy. Bacteria is one of the main reasons flowers wilt and don't last as long as they should. If you run out of flower food, you can use sugar, but be careful because sugar is known to breed bacteria. However, if you combine a teaspoon of sugar with a teaspoon of white vinegar and let it dissolve in the water, your flowers will last even longer.
Another way to keep your blooms fresh is by keeping them in the refrigerator overnight. This helps fight bacterial growth. Florists keep their roses refrigerated until they're delivered, so following this pro-tip will help your bouquet last even longer. Fill the vase with fresh water before retiring them to the cool fridge for the night.